According to findings in last month’s American Journal of Epidemiology, a study of 34,653 people, 6,309 of whom self-reported an alcohol disorder, has revealed that those who believe others will think less of them if they identify as alcoholics are only 1/3 as likely to seek treatment. While this seems like a “duh” issue, it has never been documented empirically before. The finding is expected to have implications for presentation of treatment alternatives.
Update: Sorry, this is no longer online. http://www.medicaldaily.com/news/20101205/4418/stigma-discourages-those-with-alcohol-disorders-from-receiving-treatment.htm