In order to practice medicine properly, a physician must have a working knowledge of alcoholism. Five to nine million Americans are alcoholics [1] and alcoholism costs the American economy about $15 billion per year in job absenteeism, inefficiency, and medical treatment [2]. Alcoholism causes a huge number of medical and social complications, many of which can be fatal or can have a profound disruptive effect on the lives of alcoholics and their families.


Status Epilepticus Esophageal Varix Alcohol Withdrawal Alcoholic Anonymous Delirium Tremens 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Woodruff, R., Goodwin, D., and Guze, S. Psychiatric Diagnosis. Oxford, New York (1974).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Chafetz, M. Alcoholism and alcoholic psychosis in Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry II. A. Freedman, H. Kaplan, and B. Sadock, eds. Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore (1975).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Feighner, J., Robins, E., Guze, S., Woodruff, R., Winokur, G., and Munoz, R. Diagnostic criteria for use in psychiatric research. Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 26: 56–63 (1972).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Goodwin, D. Family and adoption studies of alcoholism, in Biosocial Bases of Criminal Behavior. S. Mednick and K. Christiansen, eds. Gardner, New York (1977).Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Kaij, L. Studies on the Etiology and Sequels of Use of Alcohol. Lund: Department of Psychiatry, University of Lund (1960).Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Dozier, E. Problem drinking among American Indians: The role of sociocultural deprivation. Quart. J. Studies of Alcohol 27: 72–87 (1966).Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Robins, L., Murphy, G., and Breckinridge, M. Drinking behavior of young Negro men. Quart. J. Studies of Alcohol 29: 657–684 (1968).Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Sadoun, R., Lolli, G., and Silverman, M. Drinking in French Culture. Monographs of the Rutgers Center of Alcoholic Studies No. 5. College and University Press, New Haven (1965).Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Westermeyer, J. Primer on Chemical Dependency. Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore (1976).Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Walton, R. Smoking and alcoholism: A brief report. Am. J. Psychiatry 128: 139–140 (1972).Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Adams, R., and Victor, M. Principles of Neurology. McGraw-Hill, New York (1977).Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Marchiafava, E., and Bignami, A. Sopra un alterazione del corpo calloso osservata in soggetti alcoolisti. Riv. Patol. Nery 8: 544 (1903).Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Kosbab, F., and Kuhnley, E. Pathologic intoxication. Psychiatric Opinion 15: 35–38 (1978).Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Chafetz, M., Blane, H., and Hill, M. Frontiers of Alcoholism. Science House, New York (1970).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Spectrum Publications 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick Sierles

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations