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The treatment of drinking problems : a guide for the helping professions
Edwards, Griffith.
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Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

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xvi, 412 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Internationally acclaimed and translated into six languages over the past twenty years, this text is the most authoritative source book available on the treatment of alcohol problems for professionals encountering them. The thoroughly revised new edition includes the latest evidence on the psychiatric comorbidities which often accompany drinking problems. It also covers modern trends relating to psychological and pharmacological interventions and reappraises the role of self-help groups. Previous Edition Hb (1997): 0-521-49696-9 Previous Edition Pb (1997): 0-521-49793-0

Author Notes

Griffith Edwards CBE, DSc, DM, FRCP, FRCPsych (Hon), F Med Sci: National Addiction Centre, London
E. Jane Marshall MRCP(I), MRCPsych: National Addiction Centre, London
Christopher C.H. Cook MD, MRCPsych: Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences, Canterbury

Table of Contents

A note on the fourth editionp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. x
Introductionp. xi
Part I Background to understanding
1 The history of treatment for drinking problemsp. 3
2 Causes of drinking problemsp. 16
3 Alcohol as a drugp. 30
4 The alcohol dependence syndromep. 47
5 Drinking problems and the familyp. 70
6 Social complications of drinkingp. 82
7 Drinking problems as cause of neuropsychiatric disordersp. 94
8 Alcohol problems and psychiatric co-morbidityp. 110
9 Alcohol and other drug problemsp. 133
10 Physical complications of excessive drinkingp. 147
11 Women with drinking problemsp. 172
12 Some special presentationsp. 185
13 Drinking problems and the life coursep. 203
Part II Screening, assessment and treatment
14 Case identification and screeningp. 219
15 Assessment as the beginning of therapyp. 234
16 Withdrawal states and treatment of withdrawalp. 263
17 The basic work of treatmentp. 280
18 Alcoholics Anonymousp. 300
19 Special techniquesp. 313
20 Working towards normal drinkingp. 343
21 When things go wrong, and putting them rightp. 356
22 Treatment settings, professional roles and the organization of treatment servicesp. 369
Author indexp. 390
Subject indexp. 403