Alcohol in America: The Price We Pay

Alcohol in America: The Price We Pay

Alcohol in America: The Price We Pay

Alcohol in America: The Price We Pay

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CareInstitute is a non-profit, public service organization dedicated to research and education in the field of behavioral medicine.

The general purpose of CareInstitute is to advance public and professional understanding of behavioral medicine problems and issues through educational programs, seminars and workshops; through professional monographs and publications; and through applied research. CareInstitute's founder, Comprehensive Care Corporation, is the nation's largest private provider of chemical dependency treatment services.

Most of CareInstitute's projects to date have focused on the area of alcoholism and drug abuse treatment. These projects have included a nationwide study of medical complications and polydrug disorders among patients seeking help for chemical dependence; an independent analysis of insurance coverage for alcoholism treatment; and an educational program for physicians on the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism.

This study, the most recent CareInstitute publication, was generated out of an intense and controversial debate during the past several years regarding the economics of providing alcoholism treatment to Americans. Many voices have joined the din -- providers, insurers, health care professionals, lawmakers, cost-benefit accountants, recovering alcoholics themselves, even the national media. One vital group has been conspicuous in its absence from the fray, however: economists. Noted Harvard economist Dr. Rashi Fein sets out to rectify that absence in this . . .

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