From the October 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Early Detection Is Vital

As with any disease, before alcoholism can be treated it must be diagnosed. The World Health Organization defines alcoholism as a chronic behavioral disorder, manifested by repeated drinking of alcoholic beverages in excess of the dietary and social standards of the community and to an extent that it interferes with the drinker's health or his social or economic functioning.

"The trouble with all these definitions of alcoholism is that they describe the advanced stage of the disease," says Dr. Block [Dr. Marvin Block, assistant clinical professor of medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo]. "It really takes no expert to make a diagnosis at that point."

-- Medical World News

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