Dr. Washton, writing in the Ask an Expert section of TheFix.com, responds to the question, “Can I ever drink safely again?”
…None of us can say for sure whether moderate or less risky/harmful drinking is a realistic or attainable goal for anyone with a history of problematic drinking. Research does seem to indicate that, in general, chances of succeeding with moderation might be better for those with less severe and less protracted drinking problems and those with higher levels of psychosocial functioning. But these findings, like all generalities, do not predict the outcome for any one individual.
A professionally guided attempt at moderation is perhaps the best way to discover for oneself whether moderate drinking is a realistic and attainable goal.
Click here to read the full Q&A about making the decision to drink again after a lengthy period of abstinence.
If you are thinking about the option of drinking safely, take your time. Consider how and if “drink safely” may or may not make sense for you, but it may is a complex one, and the question of moderation or abstinence deserves serious consideration.
Reach out to Dr. Washton today to find out more. Dr. Washton has convenient office locations in Manhattan and Princeton, NJ.