Charles Herrick's 100 Q&A About Alcoholism & Drug Addiction PDF

Addiction Recovery

By Charles Herrick

Even if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a chum or relative, this e-book bargains aid. the single quantity on hand to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Alcoholism provides authoritative, useful solutions for your questions about remedies, recommendation on dealing with the ailment, resources of aid, and lots more and plenty extra. Written by means of a renowned psychiatrist, with genuine sufferer remark, this booklet is a useful source for somebody dealing with the clinical, mental, and emotional turmoil of alcoholism.

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The simple answer, therefore, is that if an individual fits either of those categories, then he or she is an alcoholic. The more complex answer takes into consideration the caveats noted in the previous answer about the limitations of the DSM-IV-TR. Should the following criteria be used to define alcoholism: “an inability to fulfill a major role” or “recurrent use despite social or interpersonal problems such as arguments with one’s spouse about the consequences of intoxication”? What does “often” mean?

The qualitative difference between a drinker and an alcoholic suggests that these two different individuals represent distinct types or categories. Nothing in the diagnostic and medical literature actually represents such clear distinctions. Where should the line be drawn between normal blood pressure and hypertension? Between being merely overweight and obese? Between precancerous tissue and cancer? Between heavy drinking and alcoholism? Clearly there are types, according to diagnostic criteria, that everyone can agree on as representing hypertension, obesity, cancer, and alcoholism; however, that still does not capture a large number of people who fall somewhere in between.

Still, it took many years of statistical analysis before scientists could demonstrate a clear causal link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. Even this statistical analysis required a cultural shift to accept that fact. Even today, people argue, “My grandmother smoked her entire life and died at the ripe old age of 90 from natural causes. ” The reality is that cigarette smoking is only one piece, albeit a big one, of the causal puzzle that leads to lung cancer. Instead, when physicians talk about cause, they are really talking about various risk factors that influence the odds of developing a particular illness.

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