People who hope to leave drinking completely achieve this goal more likely if they are treated by a care provider who suggests total self-denial, a research has said.
People who want to reduce the amount of alcohol they consume are likely to be less, it added.
Associate Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden says, "Instead patients whose goal was total abstinence were more successful than those who had chosen to control their drinking."
Earlier researches have shown that vital factor in treatment success is that patients and care providers having the same opinion and that the choice of treatment method plays a secondary role.
But it has not been found out what is extent of influence of somebody’s choice on the final result.
For the study, published in the journal ‘Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research’, researchers checked with 201 patients for 2.5 years after the start of treatment.