Category: Alcohol

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

alcoholism is a behavioral pattern

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 (Basic to 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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Alcohol as a Cause of Traffic Crashes (This is a Very Important Question)

Alcohol-related traffic crashes are not necessarily caused by alcohol. Many are, but no one knows the exact proportion. So what’s the role of alcohol as a cause of traffic crashes? First, there’s very strong evidence of two important things. Alcohol adversely affects driving-related skills. That’s such things as vision, reaction time, judgment, and the ability …

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Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (Its Goals)

Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

The American Medical Association (AMA) formed the Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse. Alcohol Abstinence The AMA first passed a resolution supporting abstinence from alcohol even before National Prohibition was imposed in 1920. It continues to support it to this day. Moderate alcohol consumptionis associated with better health and  longer life. That’s in comparison …

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Prohibition of Alcohol and Repeal: Helpful Resources

temperance organizations around the world

Prohibition of alcohol and Repeal is a fascinating story. How did National Prohibition (1920-1933) come to be? What was it like? How did it change American society? In what ways does it effect life even today?  It’s a story of unusual ideas, fascinating characters, surprising events, and unexpected outcomes. Alcohol and Prohibition Biographies The history …

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Woman’s National Committee for Law Enforcement Fought Repeal

Woman's National Committee for Law

The Woman’s National Committee for Law Enforcement was a federation of Protestant women’s organizations. It formed in 1922 to promote more vigorous enforcement of Prohibition laws. Organized at both the national and state levels, it claimed membership of twelve million women by 1932. Note that it is often spelled the Women’s National Committee for Law …

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Republican Citizens Committee Against National Prohibition

Republican Citizens Committee Against National Prohibition

Prominent Republican “wets” (supporters of Repeal) formed the Republican Citizens Committee Against National Prohibition. It was in December of 1931. Founders included Henry B. Joy, Lammot du Pont, Joseph H. Choate, Jr., Raymond Pitcairn, Thomas W. Phillips, and Robert Cassaft. Goal They formed it before the 1932 Republican National Convention. The goal was to pressure …

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The Prohibition and Repeal Experiences of Various States

Discover the Prohibition and Repeal experiences of various States. There were strongholds of temperance sentiment. There were also bastions of opposition. And of course, there were great variations among others So different states responded in different ways. Alabama Alabamans came to reject Prohibition by a resounding vote of nearly 60% in favor of Repeal. Nevertheless, much …

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