July 1996

Problem drinkers can help selves

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Many people with moderate alcohol abuse problems recover on their own, new studies suggest.

The studies, in Friday's issue of the American Journal of Public Health, add to a growing body of research into how people successfully battle alcohol addiction.

Problem drinkers aren't necessarily those who are severely dependent on alcohol, the research points out. Moderate abusers are responsible for most of society's abuse-related costs - drunken driving, missed work days or spouse abuse.

Scientists estimate the ratio of moderate abusers to severe abusers is 4 to 1.

The studies found: