Controlled drinking and abstinence in alcoholic men: Beliefs influence actions

Alisdair Mackenzie, Frank R. Funderburk, Richard P. Alien

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A group of alcoholic men were asked 8 years postdischarge from hospital if they could drink alcohol with control. Subjects who said "no" (the NCD group) were compared to those who said "yes" (the CD group). A majority of the NCD group had been abstinent during the year preceding the 8-year evaluation, whereas none of the CD group had been. In the model developed, troubles resulting from drinking are seen as instrumental in changes from a CD to a NCD belief. The clinical relevance of our results is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1377-1392
Number of pages16
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


  • Abstinence
  • Alcoholic men
  • Belief-change
  • Controlled drinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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