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The central theme of this book is best expressed in the author's own words, taken from chapter 8, entitled: "A Direct Word to the Drinkers." He says: "I see your drinking only as a symptom of an underlying maladjustment. It is this maladjustment we are going to tackle, not the drink. Therefore I am not going to emphasize the drink at all, and I advise you not to try to fight it. Fighting symptoms is useless.... You must realize, and your family and friends also, that your drinking is not a vicious habit which you could have controlled had you really wished to. It actually stems from circumstances largely out of your control. Heredity, environment and training have made you what you are. You have not been equipped to face the realities of life. You may have ducked most of the issues that confronted you. Or, on the other hand,
To Drink or Not to Drink.. Arch NeurPsych. 1938;39(3):654. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1938.02270030232020