Treatment for Alcoholism: Time for a National Change

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 187–188. Reviews the book, Alcoholism: A Comparison of Treatment and Advice, with a Study of the Influence of Marriage by Jim Orford and Griffith Edwards (1977). This little blue text is another tedious, data-filled monograph on alcoholism treatment. The opening chapters provide an overview of the British National Health Service and the evolution of their policy for the treatment of alcoholism with particular emphasis on the last 25 years. The third chapter is the core of the monograph. It describes a smooth-running experiment. The middle chapters are the weakest sections of the book. In the final chapter, the authors review the issue of whether those who show some improvement after treatment are in fact abstinent from alcohol. The book closes with an argument in favor of an increasing emphasis on research and prevention programs. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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