Alcoholism: the facts

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Oxford University Press, Jun 30, 1994 - Family & Relationships - 177 pages
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Most murders happen on Saturday nights because that's when most people have been drinking. Among sons of alcoholics, 10 out of 55 are receiving treatment for alcoholism by age 30. Alexander the Great was reported to be under the influence of alcohol when he burned the royal palace at Persepolis in 330 BC.

This completely updated and revised new edition of Dr. Goodwin's successful Alcoholism: The Facts deals with all aspects of the world's number one drug problem. Written for those with alcohol problems and those who share their lives, the book focuses not only on the clinical aspects of alcoholism, but covers also social and psychological problems experienced by alcoholics and their relatives and friends. Avoiding all technical jargon, Dr. Goodwin informs readers about known and unknown facts of alcoholism, what the latest research results mean, and how to get help for themselves, a relative, or a friend. There is information on alcoholic beverages, alcohol in the body, risk factors, heredity, psychosocial theories, specific treatments, Alcoholics Anonymous, and much more.

The book corrects many of the misconceptions about alcoholism. While newspapers are full of stories about an increase of alcoholism among teenagers and women, this is impossible to prove, since nobody know how many were alcoholic in the past. While alcohol is widely believed to cause brain damage, this has also not been proven.

Based on hard scientific data, written in a clear style, Alcoholism: The Facts is the ideal resource for everyone concerned about this illness.

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This is, hands-down, the best and most up-to-date book about alcoholism I have read. Read full review

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Good information. It takes the position that alcoholism is not a disease, which is contrary to the common position held my many physicians (and the Mayo Clinic). Still a good source on the topic. Read full review


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