What do you mean? Alcoholism is a Disease

What do you mean? Alcoholism is a Disease

This question was posed to the American Medical Association:

I have read much on the acceptance of alcoholism as a disease but have always felt that this is a moral or social problem rather than a medical one. I also feel that cirrhosis of the liver and psychosis would more likely have nutritional deficiency basis. Could you tell me what the grounds are for considering alcoholism as a medical illness?

-This was reprinted by: The National Council on Alcoholism

-From: The Journal of the American Medical Association, May 25th, 1957

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