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May 1969

Combined Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;20(5):609-610. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740170113019

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The last half of the 20th century finds man confronted with an increasingly complex environment. An ever increasing number of stimuli impinge upon him as he attempts to maintain an equilibrium. As the stresses and stimuli have increased, man has developed a wide spectrum of psychotropic drugs consisting of tranquilizers, sedatives, and antidepressants so that he might better cope with the intrapsychic concomitants of a confusing world. Along with the advances of the modern pharmacologist, man has still availed himself of civilization's oldest tranquilizer, ethyl alcohol.

In their monograph Combined Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs, Drs. Forney and Hughes introduce and explore an increasingly important area of medical and psychiatric practice. They discuss the effects of ethyl alcohol and the new psychotropic drugs upon the central nervous system when used concurrently. After a brief introductory chapter which introduces the problems of drug use, the authors discuss the terms used

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