About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

What Triggers Drinking?

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Dr. John Tamerin, director of research at the Silver Hill Foundation, New Canaan, Conn., splits the complex process [of alcoholism] into four stages: (1) situational stress, (2) the arousal of emotion, (3) the evoked desire to drink, and (4) the act of drinking.

Given these same elements, how does the recovered alcoholic cope when he has been freed from neither stress nor emotion nor some... Login to read more
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