About 1 in 25 patients, 4%, are alcohol dependent.
And, those individuals are going to need
more assistance, although it is true,
that most alcohol dependent people who are
able to escape from that alcohol dependence
do so on their own.
But, they do so much more effectively
if they get medications, and you can, uh,
get trained and informed on how to use
the medications effectively, referred for
consulting and behavioral therapy,
and referred to programs such as
12 step programs, can be very helpful for
So, screen patients, identify the larger
number who are problem drinkers without being
dependent, and counsel them.
And, for that smaller number, who are dependent,
try to get them into specialized care.
Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention