Percentage of Drinkers Receiving Treatment

Alcohol problems can impact a person’s life in many ways: economically, physically, and psychologically.  When facing these kinds of problems, an individual may choose to pursue alcohol treatment. Research shows, however, that of all the people with an alcohol use disorder, only about 15 percent ever receive treatment.

Why do so few people receive treatment?  We know that the majority of those with alcohol dependence do not perceive a need for treatment.  It’s important that researchers and health care professionals recognize this disparity in perceived need in order to help those who would benefit from treatment.  A recent study sheds some light on why individuals may not choose to seek treatment.  Researchers found that the biggest obstacle to seeking treatment is pessimism about treatment’s effectiveness.

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