Only one in three people with alcohol abuse or dependence ever seek treatment

Addict Behav. 2004 Jan;29(1):221-3. doi: 10.1016/s0306-4603(03)00077-7.


The proportion of respondents who had a lifetime diagnosis of alcohol abuse or dependence who ever attended addiction treatment was determined using data from a Canadian population survey. Only one in three of these respondents had ever attended treatment for their alcohol concerns. Respondents' age and severity of alcohol problem (alcohol abuse versus dependence) were significantly associated with addiction treatment attendance.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcoholism / epidemiology*
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care*