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Article
October 12, 1984

The Alcoholism Problems: Selected Issues

Author Affiliations

Jefferson Medical College Philadelphia

JAMA. 1984;252(14):1932. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350140068031
Abstract

The literature on alcoholism is again enriched by an outstanding clinician, researcher, and writer. Dr Sidney Cohen, the well-known editor of Drug Abuse and Alcoholism Newsletter, presents a collection of 31 selected papers (29 by him and two others by Drs R. Moore and R. Phillipson).

The book is divided into three parts. The first focuses on the nature of alcohol as a drug. It includes among other topics, a diagnostic evaluation of the measurement of blood alcohol concentration and its use to determine traffic safety; a paper on fetal alcohol syndrome, its etiology, phenomenology, and prevention; the syndrome of pathological intoxication; alcohol and the liver; the drug and hypoglycemia; and a biopsychosocial perspective on teenage drinking, its epidemiology, prevention, and treatment.

The second part, the nature of alcoholism, is a clear and multidimensional presentation of many roads to alcohol dependency as a preponderant way to deal with stress, boredom,

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