From the July 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Identifying the Alcoholic

Physicians may avoid an early diagnosis of alcoholism for both conscious and unconscious reasons, [said] Ephraim T. Lisansky, MD, professor of medicine and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Among the conscious reasons are: lack of knowledge about alcoholism; feelings of uncertainty about what alcoholism is; vagueness about the limits of heavy drinking; the discovery that many patients want a definition of alcoholism for the purpose of refuting it for their own specific situations; a confusion over whether alcoholism...

-- Physician's Alcohol newsletter