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August 1974

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.

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