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Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Is It Alcoholism?

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What is Alcohol Use Disorder or AUD? Is it just a new name for alcoholism? Or is it something else? Here are the facts. DSM: Alcohol Use Disorder Doctors and mental health professionals use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). They use it because it defines mental disorders and illnesses. The fifth …

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Alcoholism and Denial: a Serious Problem Faced by Alcoholics

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Almost everyone has heard that alcoholism and denial are related. And probably everyone has heard the old “Have you stopped beating your wife” trick question. Answering either yes or no damns the respondent. Similarly, the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12-step program also supports a “heads I win, tails you lose” trick question. Question: “Are you alcoholic?” …

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Treatments for Alcoholism: Resources, Descriptions, & Links

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There are many treatments for alcoholism. Some are effective. Unfortunately, most are not not. And popularity is completely unrelated to which work and which don’t. Here’s a list of treatments for alcoholism. It includes descriptions of their effectiveness or lack of effectiveness. Statements of effectiveness are based on peer-reviewed scientific publications. Each heading is a link. …

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Many Doctors Reject Alcoholism as Disease (Theory Lacks Evidence)

Many doctors reject alcoholism as a disease. There are many public pronouncements that alcoholism is a disease. However, as Dr. Lynne Appleton observes, “medical practice rejects treating it as such. Not only does alcoholism not follow the model of a ‘disease,’ it is not amenable to standard medical treatment.”1 Dr. Appleton explains that “medical research …

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Is Alcoholism a Progressive Disease? What’s the Evidence?

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Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) and some others consider alcoholism a progressive disease. They believe the alcoholic has no control over it. Therefore, the only effective treatment is complete abstention from all alcohol. The Theory The theory that alcoholism is a progressive disease is the foundation upon which AA and other 12 step programs are based. Writing …

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Alcoholic Loss of Control (Disease Theory of Alcoholism)

In the mid-1930’s, Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) began promoting the theory that alcoholism is a disease. Alcoholics latched onto the theory because they could see themselves as victims of a disease. Thus, they wern’t responsible for their drinking problem. Doctors, hospitals, and alcohol rehabs liked the theory because they could then be paid for treating the …

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Is Alcoholism a Disease? (Here’s the Evidence and Logic)

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Is alcoholism a disease? The debate is over whether alcoholism is a disease or simply a serious behavioral problem. It’s continued for over 200 years. And it doesn’t appear likely to end anytime soon. The disease theory of alcoholism is just that… an unproven theory. I. Disease Theory Propositions Dr. Herbert Fingarette notes that the …

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