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Introduction: Practical Pharmacotherapeutic Management Strategies for Patients With Alcohol Dependence

J Clin Psychiatry 2006;67(suppl 14):3-5

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At the beginning of his novel A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens observed, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. . . .” In some respects, a similar observation could apply to the current state of alcohol dependence and its treatment in this country. First, the bad news: 17.6 million Americans (about 8.5% of the population) either abused or were dependent on alcohol in 2001–2002.1​