Prediction of abstinence, controlled drinking, and heavy drinking outcomes following behavioral self-control training

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Examined the prognostic value of client characteristics for 141 problem drinkers treated with an initial goal of controlled drinking. Clients achieving moderation were generally found to have less severe symptoms and less family history of problem drinking than were either abstainers or uncontrolled cases. Females were more successful in attaining moderation, whereas males were overrepresented among abstainers. Lower income and education were associated with successful outcome of both types. The value of predictor variables for a priori differential treatment assignment is found to be limited at present. (11 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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