From the October 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment


Patients suffering from alcoholism and drug abuse may experience "mini-delusions"--that is, recurring false beliefs that alter behavior and thinking--reported Dr. A. N. Browne-Mayers and a team of psychiatrists from the New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical College.

In a series of about 50 addiction patients, mini-delusions were seen clearly at least five times. As an example, Dr. Browne-Mayers cited an alcoholism patient who complained that she had been taken off the debutante committee of the Junior League in her community. Investigation showed that she had never even been on such a committee. When she was given this information, she seemed to accept it as true, but a few weeks later, and then months later, she returned to her original recollection of the upsetting time "when they took me off the committee."

-- Physician's Alcohol Newsletter

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