AcuTrials

Acupuncture fails to improve treatment outcome in alcoholics

Item

Title

Acupuncture fails to improve treatment outcome in alcoholics

Date

1992

volume

30(2)

pages

169-173

Research Type

RCT

Abstract

Fifty-six alcoholics (49 male, 7 female) of lower socioeconomic class attending an outpatient treatment program in Brooklyn, New York were prospectively randomized to one of three treatment group: point-specific acupuncture, sham transdermal stimulation or standard care (control). One third of the subjects reported a history of drug use in addition to alcohol. Results in this small sample showed no significant differences in attendance at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, number of outpatients sessions attended, number of weeks in either the study or in the outpatient program, number of persons completing treatment or in the number of relapses. It is therefore concluded that in this small racially mixed sample of urban outpatient alcoholics, fixed point-specific standardized acupuncture did not improve outcome. We caution against the routine use of this treatment until more randomized controlled trials demonstrate a beneficial effect

Frequency of Treatment

>1/WK

Time in Treatment

12 Weeks

has health condition studied

Substance-Related Disorders

has study population number

56

Item sets