Prevention of Alcoholism

  • Gerald L. Klerman


For many years, alcoholism was viewed as a moral defect. The problem was seen in drunkenness and not in drinking, in alcoholism and not alcohol. The focus was firmly entrenched on the individual. In spite of new research on the alcoholic personality and the probability that genetics determines thresholds of alcohol tolerance, alcoholism can no longer be viewed only in terms of the individual. Unfortunately, there has been a great reluctance to look at the broader economic and social issues.


Alcohol Abuse Capita Consumption Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Drunk Driving Moral Defect 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald L. Klerman
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  1. 1.Psychiatric ServiceHarvard Medical School, Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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