From the March 1970 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment


Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, Emil Rothstein, MD, takes issue with three colleagues who feel that the term "alcoholism" retards recovers:

I note with disagreement the suggestion in the Journal by Drs. Leone. Coe, and McElhaney that the euphemism "C2 disease" be substituted for alcoholism. The analogy of "Hansen's disease" for leprosy is offered.

In the treatment of alcoholism, perhaps the most important single feature is the patient's willingness to confront himself with his harmful behavior. Without frankness,...