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Pills can help people control risky drinking, so why aren’t doctors prescribing them?

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

A recent study found that fewer than 1% of Ontario adults with an alcohol use disorder is ever prescribed a drug that can help them drink less, and less often… Pills don’t address the underlying issues that drive some people to drink, like childhood trauma, anxiety and depression. And, in cases where people are facing massive social or legal problems, people with explosive drinking patterns whose livers are giving out, “for sure it’s better to have the goal of abstinence”… But for others, “these medications potentially can help a wide range of people get back some of the control they have lost”

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