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No to NHS spending on detox programmes for alcoholics, except for those with a genuine cognitive decision not to drink alcohol

Submitted on Friday 19th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: no-action (see below for details)

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No to NHS spending on detox programmes for alcoholics, except for those with a genuine cognitive decision not to drink alcohol

Additional Information

Everyday experience indicates that rehabilitation & detox programmes for alcoholics are often not cost effective due to its high regression rate. The only way for alcoholics to give up alcohol completely (i.e. teetotal) is when they actually wanted to do so. The adage that ‘you can take a horse to a through but you cannot force it to drink’ comes to mind. No one can force a person to voluntarily not to drink alcohol unless he/she genuinely cognitively desire not to and therefore have a real aversion towards alcohol. Feelings of the pleasures of drinking alcohol (heavily, moderately or occasionally) would depend on one's motivation, triggers, reinforcers, settings, lifestyle, perception, cravings and aims. If a recovering alcoholic have a genuine aversion towards alcohol in his or her own mind (COGNITIVELY) than it is certain that he or she is no longer a RECOVERING alcoholic but a 100% RECOVERED one from my experience.


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