Social Aspects of Alcoholism

  • Benjamin Kissin
  • Henri Begleiter

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Margaret K. Bacon
    Pages 1-36
  3. Don Cahalan, Ira H. Cisin
    Pages 77-115
  4. Edith S. Gomberg
    Pages 117-166
  5. Wallace Mandell, Harold M. Ginzburg
    Pages 167-204
  6. Allan F. Williams
    Pages 243-274
  7. Jan de Lint, Wolfgang Schmidt
    Pages 275-305
  8. Julian A. Waller
    Pages 307-349
  9. Kai Pernanen
    Pages 351-444
  10. Paul M. Roman, Harrison M. Trice
    Pages 445-517
  11. Howard T. Blane
    Pages 519-578
  12. Robert E. Popham, Wolfgang Schmidt, Jan de Lint
    Pages 579-625
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 627-643

About this book


The first three volumes of this series have dealt with materials which generally justify the title, The Biology of Alcoholism. This is only remotely true of the present volume, Social Aspects of Alcoholism, or of the final volume to come, Treatment and Rehabilitation. Except for small portions of the treatment section which involve pharmacotherapy, much of these last two volumes deals with the psychological aspects of alcoholism and still more with the social. It is interesting to review the evolution of this new pattern over the past seven years, a pattern which, had it existed initially, would have resulted, if not in a dif­ ferent format, at least in a different title. Our initial selection of areas to be covered was influenced by our desire to present as "hard" data as possible, in an attempt to lend a greater aura of scientific rigor to a field which was generally considered as "soft. " When we completed our review of this material in volumes 1-3, we recognized that what we might have gained in rigor, we had more than lost in completeness. These volumes presented a picture of a biological disease syndrome for which the remedies and preventive measures were presumably also biological. And yet, most workers in the field readily accept the significant contributions of psychological and social factors to the pathogenesis and treatment of alcoholism.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Benjamin Kissin
    • 1
  • Henri Begleiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Department of Psychiatry, Downstate Medical CenterState University of New YorkBrooklynUSA

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