Managed Alcohol as a Harm Reduction Intervention for Alcohol Addiction in Populations at High Risk for Substance Abuse

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Systematic Review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: December 2012

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found insufficient evidence to make a conclusion about the effectiveness of managed alcohol programs on their own or compared with other interventions. Managed alcohol programs involve offering limited amounts of alcohol on a daily schedule to people with alcohol addiction. The programs are intended to ensure that participants drink a safe amount of alcohol in an environment that: 

  • Helps them stay in treatment programs
  • Decreases their drinking
  • Improves their social functioning
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Muckle, W., Muckle, J., Welch, V. & Tugwell, P. (2012). Managed alcohol as a harm reduction intervention for alcohol addiction in populations at high risk for substance abuse. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012 (12). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD006747.pub2.