The Need to Free Clients of Labels or Beyond the Need to Label Behavior Alcoholic

  • Thomas Goldston


Two words stand out predominantly in the vocabulary of both the therapist and the client in treatment: these two words are alcoholic and alcoholism. The commonly accepted definition of these denotes reference to sets of behaviors that are associated with a diseased state of an individual’s total being, both physiological and psychological (Block 1956). Validation of this disease process has not been substantiated through clinical research. (Pomerleau, Pertschuk & Stinnett 1976) It is accepted that certainly what is called alcoholism does have similarities to other disease processes.


Disease Concept Drinking Practice True Disease State Alcohol Addict Compulsive Drinker 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Goldston
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  1. 1.Salvation Army Comprehensive Alcoholism ServicesUK

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