Is alcoholism a disease?
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Commentators have repeatedly attacked the traditional view that alcoholism is a disease. Their arguments that alcoholism is a central aspect of life, a deviant life style, or a form of learned behavior are examined in the light of the history and philosophy of medicine as well as current bio-behavioral research. Our conclusion is that alcoholism, as a lawful pattern of observable signs and symptoms that deviate significantly from a norm of health, is a bio-psychosocial disease.
KeywordsFrontal Lobe Dorsolateral Prefrontal Cortex Abstinence Rate Wisconsin Card Sort Test Moderate Drinking
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