Acceptance of moderate drinking by alcoholism treatment services in Canada

Harold Rosenberg*, Eric G. Devine, Nan Rothrock

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Objective: The present study was conducted to provide a nationwide survey of acceptance of nonabstinence goals and related alcoholism treatment practices by Canadian alcoholism treatment services. Method: A random sample of 335 Canadian alcoholism treatment service agencies were mailed a 4-page questionnaire designed to assess acceptance of moderate drinking as a drinking goal and related alcoholism treatment practices. Results: Acceptance varied by type of service, with considerably more acceptance by outpatient programs (62%) and mixed inpatient/outpatient programs (43%) than inpatient/detoxification/correctional facilities (27%) and halfway houses (16%). Two-thirds of the respondents who reported moderate drinking as unacceptable in their own agencies categorically rejected moderation for all alcoholism clients. Conclusions: Individuals seeking services in Canadian alcoholism treatment agencies are more likely to have a choice of drinking goals il they present to an outpatient program than a residential institution, and Canadian agencies appear more accepting of moderation goals than American programs, but less accepting than British and Norwegian service agencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)559-562
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Studies on Alcohol
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)


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