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Alcohol Use Disorders

Alcohol Use DisordersCurrent Practice GuidelinesAlcohol use disorders: diagnosis, assessment and management of harmful drinking and alcohol dependence. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) website. http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG115. Published February 2011. Accessed July 2, 2014.Lingford-Hughes AR, Welch S, Peters L, Nutt DJ, British Association for Psychopharmacology, Expert Reviewers Group. BAP updated guidelines: evidence-based guidelines for the pharmacological management of substance abuse, harmful use, addiction and comorbidity: recommendations from BAP [published online ahead of print May 23, 2012]. J Psychopharmacol 2012, 26:899...

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context - Document

For the best user experience on this site, you should have JavaScript enabled in your browser.Alcohol is an addictive substance, but not everyone who drinks it becomes addicted. Most of those who drink alcohol do not become alcoholics. Scientists cannot explain what individual traits account for the difference, but they suspect that a wide variety of factors may make a person more susceptible to addictions of all kinds.Alcoholism was recognized as a disease more than two hundred years ago. In 1785 Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first physician-general of Washington's Continental Army, wrote an essay on "the effects of ardent spirits," calling intemperance...

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WHO and Alcohol Control

The World Health Organization and Alcohol Control Alcohol Research Group, Institute of Epidemiology and Behavioral Medicine, Medical Research Institute of San Francisco, 1816 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709British Journal of Addiction 79:85-92, 1984 (with references updated).While other psychoactive drugs have been a focus for attention and action in a variety of intergovernmental agencies, alcohol has been a continuing concern of only one global intergovernmental agency, the World Health organization. The present paper is an interpretation rather than an exact history of WHO's concern with alcohol. While the author has been at times an adviser to WHO's alcohol programme, this account is...

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The Hijacking of Sobriety by the Recovery Movement -

Greg Hernandez/Flickr Recently, The New York Times reviewed  a film about octogenarian chanteuse-comedienne Elaine Stritch. The 89-year-old Stritch decided some time ago to give up alcohol, then resumed drinking—but only one drink per day—in her 80s. Here’s how the Times described this development: “As a recovering alcoholic, Ms. Stritch, after more than two decades of sobriety, decides to allow herself one drink a day, usually a cosmopolitan. She seems to be abiding by her rule, though it can’t be easy."The Times seems to say Stritch is no longer "sober" since she decided to start having a daily drink, a decision “that she seems to be abiding by.” Note the condescension towards Stritch and...

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Definition Alcoholic

Since the regular consumption of alcohol is commonplace in society today, it is not always easy to determine the difference between casual or moderate drinking and the more problematic alcoholism. Since drinking is part of many social scenes and can become a normal part of many people’s social life, it is important to be able to identify potential problems early on since they can develop very easily.Definition Alcoholic?Someone who is unable to control their alcohol consumption and unable to stop drinking voluntarily is defined as an alcoholic. This is usually accompanied by drinking on a daily basis, often more than others, and being habitually drunk. Generally speaking, someone who...

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