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Monday, March 26, 2007

A Newsletter for Professionals Spring 2007

Bringing Up the Touchy Subject of a Patient’s Drinking

Broaching the subject of alcohol with a patient or client who shows signs of a drinking problem can be awkward. Drinkers often feel ashamed of their problem, at the same time that they downplay its seriousness. Directly confronting them may do no more than provoke
a flat denial. For these reasons professionals very often steer clear of the matter. But to wait for that patient or client to bring up the subject amounts to giving up on the issue, according to some with first-hand experience in the matter.
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