From the October 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

'A Single Cause'?

No organic differences between alcoholics (prior to their alcoholism) and other individuals have ever been found. No personality traits (in persons prior to their drinking) have been found which separated the two groups.

It cannot be shown that "the tensions of modern life" were differentially greater for the one drinker who became an alcoholic than for the 14 or 15 who did not. Today, the great majority of therapists and researchers agree that search for a single cause of alcoholism is no longer justifiable.

-- Seldon D. Bacon

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