Alcohol Research

Journal covering alcohol research.

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 4, Winter

Advances in Alcoholism Treatment
Alcoholism treatment, as it exists today, rests on decades of research exploring the most effective ways to help people reduce their alcohol use or to stop drinking. That research has paved the way for the development and application of new methods...
An E-Health Solution for People with Alcohol Problems
Approximately 17 million people in the United States suffer from alcohol use disorders (AUDs) (i.e., alcohol abuse and/or dependence), yet only 10 percent of them receive treatment (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 2009). Decreased...
Behavioral Therapy across the Spectrum
Since the mid-1980s and 1990s, behavioral treatment of alcohol abuse and dependence (i.e., alcohol use disorders [AUDs]) has advanced steadily. This article introduces different types of behavioral treatment, summarizes the evidence for their efficacy,...
Health Services and Financing of Treatment
FINANCING OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG TREATMENT Although most general medical services are paid for through private and public insurance mechanisms, insurance coverage has traditionally played a smaller role in provision of alcohol and other drug...
Integrating Care for People with Co-Occurring Alcohol and Other Drug, Medical, and Mental Health Conditions
It is widely recognized that the majority of patients with alcohol use problems also suffer from co-occurring mental health and medical problems. Co-occurring disorders (CODs) complicate the treatment process and, in many cases, contribute to poorer...
Medications for Unhealthy Alcohol Use: Across the Spectrum
Unhealthy alcohol use, which includes the spectrum of drinking behaviors and consequences ranging from risky use to problem drinking, along with alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence (Saitz 2005), has been linked to a multitude of health and social...
The Community Reinforcement Approach: An Update of the Evidence
The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is a comprehensive behavioral treatment package that focuses on the management of substance-related behaviors and other disrupted life areas. The goal of CRA is to help people discover and adopt a pleasurable...
The Recovery Spectrum: From Self-Change to Seeking Treatment
In the past 40 years, the alcohol research field has made great strides in developing evidence-based treatments for alcohol problems (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism [NIAAA] 2005). Nevertheless, a large gap remains in the United...
The Role of Mutual-Help Groups in Extending the Framework of Treatment
Alcohol-related disorders are highly prevalent in the United States, with an estimated 30 percent of Americans meeting diagnostic criteria for an alcohol use disorder (AUD) at some point in their life (Hasin et al. 2007). In addition, AUDs, especially...
The Use of Emerging Technologies in Alcohol Treatment
How can the greatest number of problem drinkers--an intentionally broad term covering the range of drinking behaviors--obtain help given limited health care resources? Emerging technologies such as electronic tools that service providers can use to...
Treating Alcoholism as a Chronic Disease: Approaches to Long-Term Continuing Care
Alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders (i.e., AOD abuse and AOD dependence) are substantial public health problems, affecting approximately 10 percent of the population (Grant et al. 2004) and resulting in economic costs to the Nation of around...
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