LETTER: Overcoming alcoholism not including treatment

PEOPLE who have had issues with alcohol can participate in an anonymous University of NSW study which is hoping to find out how people overcome the habit.

The UNSW Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) has discovered from a global review of alcohol recovery studies that more than 50 per cent of people in alcohol recovery in many developed countries have not accessed formal treatment.

There have been no estimates to date of how many Australians 

recover from alcohol problems without accessing treatment.

We have a study under way right now to help us estimate the recovery rate in Australia.

Researchers at SPRC would like to learn more about the experiences and stories of people who have overcome their alcohol addiction, dependency, or habit by themselves.

Anyone interested research assistant Richard Mellor by email richard.mellor@student.unsw.edu.au or phone 9385 5797.

Professor Alison Ritter,

DPMP director

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