Problem Drinking

Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies for Self-Control
  • Alan R. Lang
  • Michael Kidorf


As empirically oriented clinicians, we feel obligated to promote a broad and flexible, largely cognitive-behavioral, approach to the outpatient treatment of problem drinking. This obligation is predicated on a desire to discuss realistically what is known or is reasonable to infer about the nature and modifiability of maladaptive alcohol use and to suggest the best applications of this information to remediation of the relevant clinical problems. It should be noted at the outset, however, that our task is undertaken with a sense of frustration and perhaps even some trepidation. The frustration stems from the fact that similar expositions, incorporating key research and theoretical advances, have been offered repeatedly by others for more than two decades (see Lazarus, 1965, for an early example) with little more than a negligible impact on the method and setting that typifies standard alcoholism treatment. Moreover, there is every indication that the reluctance of the alcoholism treatment establishment to embrace a scientific approach to examining its own concepts and techniques or to developing and evaluating new ones reflects more than the usual amount of inertia that might impede change and progress in any area.


Alcohol Abuse Outpatient Treatment Drinking Behavior Alcohol Problem Problem Drinking 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan R. Lang
    • 1
  • Michael Kidorf
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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