The Natural History of Alcoholism Revisited

The Natural History of Alcoholism Revisited

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This text, first published in 1983, examines the questions of whether alcoholism is a symptom or a disease, whether it is progressive, whether alcoholics differ from others before the onset of their alcoholism, and whether alcoholics can safely drink. Based on an evaluation of more than 600 individuals followed for over 40 years, Vaillant's original study offered new and authoritative answers to all of these questions. In this updated version Vaillant returns to the same subjects with the perspective gained from 15 years of further follow-up. Alcoholics who had been studied to age 50 in the earlier book have now reached age 65 and beyond, and Vaillant reassesses current knowledge of alcoholism in light of both their experiences and the many new studies of the disease by other researchers. The result is a sharper focus on the nature and course of this disorder as well as a sounder foundation for the assessment of various treatments. This book was awarded the biennial Jellinek Memorial Fund prize for the best research on alcohol abuse in the world.

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  • Hardback | 462 pages
  • 168.1 x 241.8 x 27.9mm | 712.15g
  • Cambridge, MassUnited States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 14 line illustrations, 82 tables
  • 067460377X
  • 9780674603776

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"The Natural History of Alcoholism Revisited" is a revised and updated version of [what] was, and still is, regarded as a classic and certainly broke new ground during the 1980s...The new text provides an update based on developments over the past 15 years; and its importance again derives from the fact that almost all the alcohol abusers identified in the first version have been followed up for an additional 15 years to make 50 years in all. It goes without saying that 50-year follow-up studies are few and far between...Vaillant's 50-year follow-up now stands as a milestone within the addiction literature...It is required reading...The data are beautifully presented and described and the conclusions eminently reasonable. -- John B. Davies "Times Higher Educational Supplement"

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