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Heredity and Alcoholism

  • Steven G. Vandenberg
  • Sandra Manes Singer
  • David L. Pauls

Abstract

The temperance movement (and Prohibition) was based on a 19th century realization that drunkenness was a vice, not only of the wastrel rich and the improvident poor, but also of the middle classes. Alcohol itself was seen as the culprit. However, modern views of alcoholism emphasize that many individuals enjoy drinking without experiencing any alcohol-related difficulties and that one therefore should focus on problem drinkers rather than on alcohol use. In fact, alcoholism is now thought by many to be a disease or a psychiatric disorder rather than a moral weakness. This is reflected in the inclusion of alcohol abuse and of alcohol dependence in the DSM-III. Tables 39 and 40 describe the diagnostic criteria for these two conditions.

Keywords

Alcohol Abuse Alcohol Dependence Biological Parent Foster Parent Problem Drinker 
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Copyright information

© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven G. Vandenberg
    • 1
  • Sandra Manes Singer
    • 2
  • David L. Pauls
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern IndianaEvansvilleUSA
  3. 3.Yale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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