(0.39) Widespread Support
(1.23) What it Means for Us
Benjamin Rush and The Alcohol Disease Theory
This is Alcohol Mastery, my name’s Kevin O’Hara, and today I’m gonna be talking about the alcohol disease theory.
There’s different views on where the disease comes from, but they reckon that Dr Benjamin Rush was the first one to mention it, or to coin the phrase.
He was one the founding fathers of the US and is generally considered to be the founding father of American psychiatry, and he coined the phrase in the early 19th century.
One of the biggest organizations that support the alcohol disease theory are the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)…
They are an American organization, and they finance 90% of the research into alcohol abuse and alcohol related problems in the US…
Other organizations include:
The American Society of Addiction Medicine
American Medical Association
The American Psychiatric Association
The American Hospital Association
The American Public Health Association
The National Association of Social Workers
The American College of Physicians
So it’s widely accepted.
What it Means for Us
So what does it mean for us?
It means that if you’re a heavy drinker, you’re only going to get worse and worse and worse…
That the drinking will become worse and worse…
That your problems in your social life, your health problems in your body and your mind will become worse.
Another thing that it means for us is that we drink involuntarily.
And once we start drinking, we can’t stop…
Another thing is that we need to get medical intervention…
… before we can stop.
And we are entirely not responsible for our actions once we are drunk…
That’s the theory…
Come back tomorrow and I’ll tell you a little bit about what I think about it….
Thanks for visiting.
My name’s Kevin O’Hara, this is alcoholmastery.com, onwards and upwards!
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