About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment
Confusion and Conflict
The alcoholic is still strongly stigmatized. Despite recent court rulings calling alcoholism a "disease," despite public education efforts to overcome the historic view of the public that the alcoholic is a morally inferior person who willfully drinks abusively, the victims of this disorder continue to be despised by many people, and to receive extremely low priority within the social order.
Unfortunately, the health professions do not seem to be greatly different from the general public in their attitudes. There are, of course, certain notable exceptions. But the...