Alcoholism — disease or self-inflicted vice?
Alcoholism comprises a huge and largely hidden collection of medical and social problems. The causal factor is clear and evident, but the effects depend very much on individual, family and community features. Consumption of alcohol is almost a universal social custom — fewer than 20 per cent of adults are strict teetotallers — and its problems and control involve politicians, teachers, lawyers, police, social workers, industrialists as well as physicians. Who should take actions?
KeywordsDrinking Problem Family Practitioner Social Drinker Disease Concept Sick Role
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