By Charles Herrick
Even if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a pal or relative, this booklet bargains support. the single quantity to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Alcoholism supplies authoritative, sensible solutions in your questions on cures, recommendation on dealing with the ailment, assets of help, and masses extra. Written by means of a widespread psychiatrist, with real sufferer remark, this publication is a useful source for an individual dealing with the scientific, mental, and emotional turmoil of alcoholism.
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Source: American Psychiatric Association. (1994). , Text Revision, p. 199). Washington, DC: Author. 47 Diagnosis Abuse is the self-administration of any drug in a culturally disapproved manner that causes adverse consequences. ” The DSM-IV-TR defines alcohol abuse in Table 3. qxd 11/29/06 9:46 AM Page 48 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT ALCOHOLISM Using everincreasing amounts of alcohol and spending everincreasing time in pursuit of alcohol (along with the negative consequences as defined in abuse) are sufficient issues to warrant the diagnosis of dependence.
If alcoholism is a disease (see Question 11), then it should be considered a disease of lifestyle—that is, alcoholism is the consequence of particular cultural and environmental forces playing on one’s biological predisposition. Consequently, multiple causes, rather than one simple cause, must exist. This is true for most medical conditions. The three leading causes of death—heart disease, stroke, and cancer—are all diseases of lifestyle. qxd 12/4/06 10:22 AM Page 38 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT ALCOHOLISM example, consider the link between smoking and lung cancer.
A variety of sources inside and outside of a person impact the odds of becoming alcoholic. The biopsychosocial model provides a framework for understanding the multifactorial causes of alcoholism. In this model, considerations are given to biological, psychological, and social factors that influence the odds of developing any particular disease. qxd 12/4/06 10:22 AM Page 39 100 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT ALCOHOLISM Biologically, alcoholism is associated with changes in various neurotransmitter levels and activity.