This is a pretty realistic look at the issue, but overlooks the fact that there is no government will to facilitate recovery. With 20% of the customers purchasing 80% of the alcoholic beverages, we won’t see much change in overall policy — regardless of how many institutes of this and that are hand-wringing and gnashing their teeth — until the treatment industry can afford to spend more than the brewers, distillers and distributors (who are dead set against any programs that will significantly reduce their customer base, despite their slightly pious “drink responsibly” crap).
Don’t hold your breath.
DRUG AND alcohol abuse sets people on a path toward heart disease, cancer and other chronic illnesses. A study in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment reports that hospital costs for this medical fallout can be substantial — and could be avoided with more drug and alcohol treatment.