Interpersonal Factors in the Genesis and Treatment of Alcohol Addiction, Maxwell MA, SOCIAL FORCES, Vol. 29 (4), 443-448, 1951
“Alcohol addiction, said by Bowman and Jellinek to be the central problem of alcohol, has been receiving the increased attention of scientific workers during recent years – and deserves the research interests of more sociologists.
The etiology of alcohol addiction remains an unsolved problem. Nevertheless, a review of the literature reveals a growing consensus that "the problem drinker suffers from a chronic and deeply ingrained disorder of personality." In the writings of many psychiatrists, e.g., Nolan D.C. Lewis, Edward A. Strecker, Robert V. Seliger, Harry M. Tiebout, George N. Thompson, R.S. Banay, Paul Schilder, Edward B. Allen, and Oskar Eiethelm, there are sketched only slightly varying versions of this increasingly held assumption that neurotic factors are prominently involved in the development of alcohol addiction.”
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