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Alcoholism at large

New system encourages honesty about drinking

Primary care doctors can be reluctant to talk to patients about their drinking habits, for fear of being perceived as judgmental. It’s a stigmatized topic that often gets overlooked, says Gail Rose, PhD, a behavioral health researcher at the University of Vermont and lead author of a new study using an interactive voice response (IVR) system to encourage discussion on this difficult topic.

“People are more likely to respond honestly to a computer, than to a...

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