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Health Agencies Update
March 28, 2007

Alcohol Treatment Guide

JAMA. 2007;297(12):1307. doi:10.1001/jama.297.12.1307-d

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has released an updated guide, Helping Patients Who Drink Too Much: A Clinician's Guide, for physicians treating patients with alcohol problems (http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/guide).

For the first time, the publication includes instructions for primary care physicians and nurses who wish to provide medication-based therapy to patients with alcohol dependence. According to the agency, such treatment is crucial because many patients lack access to specialty treatment or refuse such care.