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The Treatment of Drinking Problems
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Introduction; Part I. Background to Understanding: 1. The history of treatment for drinking problems; 2. Causes of drinking problems; 3. Alcohol as a drug; 4. The alcohol dependence syndrome; 5. Drinking problems and the family; 6. Social complications of excessive drinking; 7. Drinking problems as cause of neuropsychiatric disorder; 8. Alcohol problems and psychiatric comorbidity; 9. Alcohol and other drug problems; 10. Physical complications of excessive drinking; 11. Women with drinking problems; 12. Some special presentations; 13. Drinking problems and the life course; Part II. Screening, Assessment and Treatment: 14. Case identification and screening; 15. Assessment as the beginning of therapy; 16. Withdrawal states and treatment of withdrawal; 17. The basic work of treatment; 18. Alcoholics Anonymous; 19. Special techniques; 20. Working toward normal drinking; 21. When things go wrong and putting them right; 22. Treatment settings, professional roles, and the organisation of treatment services; Index.

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Internationally acclaimed, this thoroughly revised new edition is the most authoritative source book available for the treatment of alcohol problems.

About the Author

DOB 3/10/1928. Editor-in-Chief Addiction, and a member of WHO's Expert Advisory Panel on Drug and Alcohol Problems. Awards include the Stevens Gold Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Jellinek Memorial Award (international alcohol research prize), the Nathan Eddy Medal (US drugs research prize).

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From reviews of the previous edition: '... the best overview on the subject for practitioners who wish to understand and help people with alcohol problems ... a unique perspective ... elegant and succinct prose ... highly readable ... an absolute must to read.' The Lancet
'This text continues to be a must for anyone working in the field of alcohol misuse.' Addiction Biology
'... highly readable ... an invaluable resource ... authoritative ... contains a wealth of readily accessible information on drinking problems and is therefore essential reading for all workers in specialist drug and alcohol agencies.' Drug News
'This edition combines the highly readable style of previous editions with a strong evidenced-based approach to diagnosis and treatment of alcohol problems ... the hallmark of the book is the clarity with which it is presented ... it was a delight to review this book. Its concise and readable prose, combined with the high quality of its content, makes The Treatment of Drinking Problems a must have for all those working with people who have drinking problems.' Addiction
'I very much enjoyed the style of writing, its incisiveness, and liked also the introduction setting out what each particular chapter is about, making it a real practical book to have. Indeed ... many of the chapters should become dog-eared from frequent use, certainly the chapter on depression is one of those.' Addiction Biology
"This book has been written in a style that is easily accessible to all professionals, salient points are highlighted in boxes, case scenarios are appropriately used and medical terminology is clearly explained. It fulfils its subtitle as 'A Guide for the Helping Professions' and undoubtedly will remain the leading authoritative text for the treatment of drinking problems." Psychological Medicine
"This is an excellent book for any clinician encountering a patient with a drinking problem. It is well organized and easy to read. It presents practical, clinically oriented material with different approaches to treatment while emphasizing the relationship between clinician and patient. The book also covers a wide range of secondary problems that alcohol can cause, from physical comorbidity to emotional problems encountered with spouses and family." Doody's Review Service G
"The hallmark of the book is the clarity with which it is presented. Each chapter is divided into concise sections addressing clinically relevant issues. The text is very well written and, quite extraordinarily for a medical textbook, it becomes difficult at times to put it down...Throughout, the text is rich in the wisdom of extensive clinical experience and compassion for people with drinking problems...Its concise and readable prose, combined with the high quality of its content, makes The Treatment of Drinking Problems a must have for all those working with people who have drinking problems." Addiction
"The book is aimed at all professionals who are involved in the care of people with drinking problems...I very much enjoyed the style of writing, its incisiveness, and liked also the introduction setting out what each particular chapter is about, making it a real practical book to have." Addiction Biology
"I recommend this book to those who wish to retain one general reference book on alcoholism and its treatment. It is an excellent guide for the student as well as the generalist." Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

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