Psychiatric Characteristics of Alcoholics

  • Joel Solomon


The relationship between psychiatric disorders and the use and abuse of alcohol has been a poorly understood phenomenon in the field of human behavior. This relationship has been used politically to further a number of causes, and both conditions have been the subject of harshly negative social attitudes and punitive and ostracizing behavior by society. Much of the early writing in this area was concerned primarily with conditions arising from chronic excessive drinking. These “mental” disorders and their historic relationship to alcoholism have been well reviewed by Bowman and Jellinek (1941), and until recently, few attempts were made to delineate other relationships existing between these two conditions.


Affective Disorder Personality Disorder Alcohol Withdrawal Alcohol Intoxication Alcoholic Patient 


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  • Joel Solomon
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryState University of New York Downstate Medical CenterBrooklynUSA

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