What can be done?

The best methods to treat alcohol dependency vary, depending upon an individual's medical and personal needs.

  • Some heavy drinkers who recognize their problem appear to recover on their own.
  • Others recover through participation in the programs of Alcoholics Anonymous or other self-help groups.
  • Some alcoholics require long-term individual or group therapy, which may inlcude hospitalization.
  • Treatment can also be done in community setting.
  • Prognosis is good even if a person is pressured into treatment.
  • Patients who come for voluntary treatment have the best prognosis.
  • Voluntary mutual help organizations play a large role in the treatment.
  • Effective alcohol control policies are also needed.