How Important is Alcohol in “Alcoholism”?

  • Ron J. McKechnie


The title of this paper is a question which the author finds himself asking more and more frequently. “How important is alcohol in alcoholism? As a psychologist interested in analysing factors which influence behaviour it is a question whose answer would direct the author’s attention. If the answer was that alcohol is of primary importance then attention should focus on alcohol, the amounts drunk, and what effects it has and only secondarily in where, how and why it is drunk. On the other hand if the answer is that alcohol is not important attention might be focussed on those psychological or social factors of personality or learning which differentiate those who abuse alcohol from those who do not.


Alcohol Consumption Alcohol Abuse Heavy Drinking Drinking Behaviour Annual Consumption 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ron J. McKechnie
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  1. 1.The Alcohol Research & Treatment GroupCrichton RoyalDumfriesUK

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