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February 1971

Alcoholism: Some Theoretical Considerations

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Sinai Hospital of Detroit, and Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(2):169-173. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750080073012

Contributions from Jacøbson and Winnicott are integrated with my observation that the alcoholic favors cathecting his body and somatic experiences in place of mental representations of persons, situations, and experience. In effect, a psychological state is produced similar to that of "splitting between psyche and soma" (Winnicott) and one in which "drive discharge is regressive" (Jackson).