What is Alcohol?
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For individuals who are diagnosed with alcohol dependence, treatment may be appropriate and can take on a variety of forms. Careful consideration should be given to which approach is most fitting.
There are various approaches to treating alcohol problems. They can be divided into two groups, depending on the severity of the problem:
- treatment approaches directed at alcohol-dependent individuals and severe problem drinkers.
- approaches that target those who are not yet dependent, but are at high risk. The choice of which treatment is appropriate depends to a large extent on the severity of the problems being addressed. Some individuals may require only minor behavioral modifications to address emerging problems. For those whose drinking patterns have resulted in more serious and established negative consequences, more intensive secondary and tertiary prevention may be needed.