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 is an illness or a "symptom of something else"; a lack of understanding about the complex interrelationships between physical and emotional problems; unfortunate experiences with alcoholics who have resisted treatment; and lack of knowledge of current resources in the management of alcoholics and their families.

-- Physician's Alcohol newsletter

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