Trying to control and limit the amount of alcohol consumed would be less successful than total abstinence, according to a new Swedish study.

What is the best technique for stopping alcohol?

Despite a steady decline in alcohol consumption in France, nearly 10% of adults suffer from alcohol problems , according to data from the National Institute of Health and Medical Research ( Inserm ). However, alcohol is responsible for liver, cardiovascular, neurological and cancer complications, and remains the second leading cause of death in the Hexagon.

When some people realize that they lose control of their frequency of consumption and have developed a tolerance that encourages them to drink more and more often, they sometimes try to control some of these cravings. But according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and published by the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research , total abstinence would be the most effective way to combat alcoholism.

Define a specific goal
The researchers observed a group of 201 patients who participated in an alcohol treatment program. Some volunteers opted for abstinence, while others tried to reduce their alcohol consumption. After two and a half years of effort, 90% of people who have followed an abstinence-based program have achieved their goal, while only 50% of those who wanted to limit their use of alcohol have done so.

At issue, according to scientists, the importance of defining a specific goal . When we decide to stop drinking completely, we do not have to choose when to drink, how much and what drink. Even if in doubt about its goal of stopping alcohol in the long run, a treatment program based on abstinence remains the most effective, note the authors of this work.
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