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Alcohol Abuse and Dependence

  • Al J. MooneyIII

Abstract

Few if any other illnesses have had more impact on modern man and the American family than alcoholism. It is reported to be among the top three killers in the United States.1,2 Imprecise diagnosis contributes to underestimates of prevalence by traditional mortality reports, but low estimates are partly due to the elusive and deceptive nature of the disease itself. Other major “killers” generally strike at a late stage of the individual and the family life cycle. Alcoholism, on the other hand, is thought to be the most important cause of death in men under 50.3 In a less stable state during these younger years, the family is usually unprepared for the mental and physical strain of terminal illness. The family physician’s position of concern and close interaction with the whole family has special relevance.4 That position, in a setting of continuity of care, becomes a pivotal element in the recovery or demise of the alcoholic family.

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Alcohol Abuse Blood Alcohol Concentration Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome Alcoholic Anonymous 
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