Recent Developments in Alcoholism

Memory Deficits Sociology of Treatment Ion Channels Early Problem Drinking

  • Marc Galanter

Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
  2. Alcohol and Memory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-4
    2. D. Adrian Wilkinson, Constantine X. Poulos
      Pages 5-26
    3. David P. Salmon, Nelson Butters
      Pages 27-58
    4. Marlene Oscar-Berman, Ronald J. Ellis
      Pages 59-80
    5. Walter H. Riege
      Pages 81-109
    6. Richard G. Lister, Michael J. Eckardt, Herbert Weingartner
      Pages 111-126
  3. Alcohol Treatment and Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-133
    2. Jim Baumohl, Robin Room
      Pages 135-174
  4. The Effects of Ethanol on Ion Channels

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-287
    2. Steven W. Leslie
      Pages 289-302
    3. Peter L. Carlen
      Pages 347-356
  5. Hazardous and Early Problem Drinking

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-361

About this book

Introduction

From the President of the Research Society on Alcoholism In recent years, increasingly convincing evidence in support of a biobehavioral conceptual model of the etiology of alcoholism has emerged. In this model, the disorder is perceived as arising from the interaction of geneticlbiological vulnerability and psychosocial risk. Drinking, or alcohol-seeking, is a metric trait. Alcoholism, which is a state of abnormally intense alcohol-seeking be­ havior that, over time, leads to the alcohol dependence syndrome, lies at the extreme, high end of this quantitative measure. Metric traits are influenced by multiple genes; the extent of genetic loading of biological risk for alcoholism would be different in different individuals. Added to this kind of variability is the wide range of options for exposure to the psychosocial risk factors of heavy drinking provided by modern society. Further, environmental prov­ ocation also changes when life events change. It is not surprising, therefore, from the combination of the kinds of genetic and environmental variability described above that there is a wide array of patterns of expression of the disorder alcoholism, referred to by some as "alcoholisms. " In the search for understanding of underlying mechanisms and rational bases for potential therapy, it is important to focus our attention on the final common pathway of this disorder, alcohol-seeking behavior. This series, ever since its beginning in 1983, has been sensitive to the complexities of the interaction between biological and psychosocial risk factors in alcoholism.

Keywords

Syndrom attention ethanol intervention physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Marc Galanter
    • 1
  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-1684-6
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-1686-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-1684-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0738-422X
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