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June 17, 1950

Drinking's Not the Problem

JAMA. 1950;143(7):692. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910420080043

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This volume is written as an aid to potential alcoholics or alcoholic "repeaters" in their attempts to find individual solutions to the drinking problem and to underlying emotional difficulties. The book urges self analytic methods that may bring better self knowledge and through this a resolution of personal conflicts. Use of a psychiatric team is encouraged after a start toward recovery has been made. The point of view is expressed that the mere cessation of drinking is not sufficient to correct alcoholism, as pressure of emotional conflicts will again build up and lead to the same attempt at a false solution through alcohol. Several case histories of persons said to have found a solution through the methods described are mentioned.

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