Denial of the Hidden Alcoholic in General Practice

  • Rodney H. Wilkins


Denial is a glue choking the detection mechanism leading to successful identification and management of the alcoholic. It is a feature not only of the alcoholic, but often of the family, workmates, society, and sometimes the medical profession (Wilkins 1973). Numerous questionnaires have been devised to overcome this fact that “the very nature of the condition has written into it the probability of the patient’s often attempting to deny his problem (Hensman et al, 1968), This aspect of denial in relation to a study carried out by a group of general practitioners to detect the hidden alcoholic in general practice will be discussed.


Heavy Drinker Drinking Problem Social Drinker Practice Population Alcohol Addict 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodney H. Wilkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of General PracticeManchester UniversityUK

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