From the August 1947 magazine.


Fundamentals of Psychiatry

(Editor's Note: For a broader understanding of alcoholism, The A.A. Grapevine will each month in this department print articles and writings of others than A.A.s themselves. Last month the first of these reprints appeared, an editorial entitled "Alcohol--A Management Problem," which had originally appeared in Printers' Ink. This month's "Reference Library" reading is taken from the book, Fundamentals of Psychiatry by Edward A. Strecker, M.D. Portions of pages 81-88 are reprinted by permission of the publisher, J. B. Lippincott Company, and the author.)


Among the psychiatric disabilities due to exogenous poisons, those conditioned by alcohol are by far the most common. Alcohol is quickly effective in screening unpleasant reality; it is readily obtainable and the pathological drinker is tolerated socially until he has fallen to a very low level. In spite of its reputation among the laity as a stimulant, alcohol is always a narcotic.

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