By Charles Herrick
Even if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a pal or relative, this booklet deals support. the one quantity on hand to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Alcoholism supplies authoritative, useful solutions in your questions on therapies, suggestion on dealing with the disorder, assets of aid, and masses extra. Written by way of a fashionable psychiatrist, with genuine sufferer observation, this booklet is a useful source for someone dealing with the scientific, mental, and emotional turmoil of alcoholism.
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Qxd 11/29/06 9:46 AM Page 53 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT ALCOHOLISM Diagnosis as valid, and thus, they require the person administering the test to question further when a concern is identified. ”—correctly identifies up to 70% of hazardous drinkers who answer either weekly or daily/almost daily. Thus, it can be administered rapidly, and one need not ask additional questions unless someone answers the first question as monthly, less than monthly, or never. CAGE is another common screening tool.
Why can some people drink larger quantities than others and suffer no ill effects? If alcoholism is a disease (see Question 11), then it should be considered a disease of lifestyle—that is, alcoholism is the consequence of particular cultural and environmental forces playing on one’s biological predisposition. Consequently, multiple causes, rather than one simple cause, must exist. This is true for most medical conditions. The three leading causes of death—heart disease, stroke, and cancer—are all diseases of lifestyle.
Our culture is rampant in applying moral values to disease and illness. In that regard, alcoholism is merely on a continuum in terms of people’s attitudes and perceptions. Susan’s comment: When my kids were little, I was amazed at how cruel the other kids could be. As Ben and his friends grew, they usually settled things around a keg of beer. Benny enjoyed that intangible thing that we all secretly wanted for our kids— popularity—so there were many parties and a lot of drinking. If the “guys” didn’t get “wasted,” they weren’t cool.