To Drink or Not To Drink

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 208–210. Reviews the book, Behavioral Treatment of Alcohol Problems: Individualized Therapy and Controlled Drinking by Mark B. Sobell and Linda C. Sobell (1978). In the current text, the authors provide a detailed description of the ambitious Individualized Behavior Therapy (IBT) project that was conducted with 70 male alcoholics. The book begins with two chapters outlining the traditional “disease model” of alcoholism. The two following chapters provide additional background material by describing the authors' behavioral orientation in denning and assessing drinking problems. The major part of the book is devoted to an in-depth description of the IBT study. However, there are a number of shortcomings in the design and procedures of the IBT study which cloud the significance of some of the findings. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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