Can Alcoholics Learn to Drink Less?
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Bradley suggests doctors provide blood tests to patients. Although they can't be used to find out if a patient is dependent or not, they "can help reveal years of heavy drinking and the beginning of [bodily] damage." These are laboratory tools that the doctor can use to "let a drinker know where they stand," she tells WebMD. And given the dangers of abruptly quitting alcohol, such information could be potentially life saving for alcohol-dependent patients, she says.