From the May 1968 magazine.

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Alcoholic Personality

An article, "Alcoholism: and Driving Efficiency," by A. A. Bartholomew, of the Department of Medicine of the University of Melbourne, printed in the Medical Journal of Australia, Oct. 14, 1967, and summarized briefly, in the "References and Reviews" section of the Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 202, Now 8,: 1967, page 339, deals with the ever-fascinating question of the "alcoholic personality." The JAMA summary reads:

"Although there is no one personality type of the chronic; alcoholic, a considerable number of them have a pre-morbid personality that many consider as being typical of 'psychopathic personality': egocentric, demanding immediate gratification of impulse, relating poorly to other people, and having a reduced capacity to 'learn,' in the sense that they are under-socialized. Such persons, almost by definition, have poor judgment and may thus be poor drivers of motor vehicles.

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