From the August 1974 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

The Primary Problem

One school of thought holds that it is unwise to use "alcoholism" as the primary diagnosis, since this is "stigmatic and extremely controversial." It is believed that if the therapist can resolve the underlying "problem" (mental or emotional illness) which is "causing" the alcoholic to drink, this will relieve his alcoholism, thereby making it unnecessary for him to drink.

On the other side of the argument are a number of professionals in the field, such as Joseph M. Warren, director of the New York Transit Authority's Employee Counseling Service.

-- Labor-Management Alcoholism Newsletter

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