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November 17, 1951

A Study in Alcoholism: Clinical, Social-Psychiatric and Genetic Investigations

JAMA. 1951;147(12):1182. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670290090039

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This is a report of a genetic and psychosocial study of 643 alcohol addicts as to the cause or causes of alcohol addiction. Chapter 1 deals with past research and theories as to the causes of alcohol addiction. Chapter 2 presents a survey of the prevalence of this affliction in Sweden and what is now being done for its control and prevention. The rest of the volume deals with the methods of research, and the results of the research. The author concludes: 1. Mental disorders in parents and siblings of alcohol addicts are no greater than in random sampling of the general population. 2. The intellectual development in the alcohol addicts does not differ from that of similar age groups of the general population. 3. Unfavorable environmental conditions during the growing years are more commonly found among alcoholics than in the general population.

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