From the October 1978 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Disease Concept Reexamined

Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information.

The understanding of alcohol addiction among psychologists and psychiatrists has swung back and forth like a pendulum. While proponents of the disease model insist abstinence is the only effective treatment for alcoholism, behaviorists insist many alcoholics can be taught to drink moderately. While proponents of the disease model define alcoholism as the inability to control drinking behavior, behaviorists either avoid defining what they mean by alcoholism or define it as simply the bad habit of drinking to excess.

-- Marie Burnett, Ph.D.

Evanston, Illinois

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