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Table 2 Frequencies of Responses to Questions on Moderate Drinking Goals

From: Barriers to the dissemination of four harm reduction strategies: a survey of addiction treatment providers in Ontario

Item N %
Agencies currently offering moderate drinking goals (n = 40 agencies) 38 95.0
Agencies that considered offering moderate drinking goals 1 2.5
Considered it, but decided against it because (n = 2 respondents)   
   staff resistance 1 50.0
   Other 1 50.0
For agencies not offering moderate drinking goals (n = 5 respondents)   
Intra-agency obstacles   
   not appropriate for their clients 2 40.0
   staff resistance 1 20.0
   Other 1 20.0
Extra-agency obstacles   
   community resistance/opposition 1 20.0
   Other 1 20.0
   None 1 20.0
Expected benefits of offering moderate drinking goals   
   some clients find it more appealing than abstinence goals 1 20.0
   None 1 20.0
For agencies that offer moderate drinking goals (n = 62 respondents)   
Reasons for introducing it   
   its appropriate for some clients 24 38.7
   abstinence is an unrealistic goal for some clients 11 17.7
   client demand 25 40.3
   empirical evidence supports it 9 14.5
   political pressure from outside the agency 1 1.8
   harm reduction 7 11.3
   Don't know 4 6.5
   Other 30 48.4
Resistance encountered   
   a) none 27 43.5
   b) from the staff 7 11.3
   c) from the Board 5 8.1
   d) from the general community 11 17.7
   e) from the AA community 13 21.0
   f) from other addiction agencies 13 21.0
   g) don't know 1 1.6
   h) other 6 9.7
How was it dealt with? (n = 35)   
   a) ignored it 3 8.6
   b) gave people time to accept it 7 20.0
   c) through education/information 20 57.1
   d) ran an active PR campaign 1 2.9
   e) don't know 1 2.9
   f) other 13 37.1