From the November 1966 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

The Alcoholic Situation

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The alcoholic has been defined as one who not only drinks more than the social drinker, and for different reasons, but in addition has had his drinking do him obvious harm. Alcoholism has been recognized as an important medical problem for many reasons. There is a large number of alcoholics and the rate of mortality from alcoholism is high. Secondly, an increasingly important effect of alcohol is its ability to produce undesirable reactions when taken concomitantly with certain medications such as tranquilizers, barbiturates, anticoagulants, insulin, and hypoglycemic sulfonureas. Thirdly, alcoholism can be a symptom of depression. The suicide rate among alcohol addicts is much higher than in the general community. Menninger has referred to alcoholism as "chronic suicide."

-- Thomas E. Fabors, M.D.

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