A prescription to end drinking that goes beyond the 12 steps

December 16, 2014 1:11 PM

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A prescription to end drinking that goes beyond the 12 steps

New understanding of how alcohol affects the brain is prompting addiction experts to make a push for using medications to help people quit or cut down on excessive drinking.

For years, treatment has meant 28 days of rehab or a 12-step program. Success meant total abstinence. Only 1 in 10 of the 17 million Americans with a drinking problem ever tried.

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