Medical problems of the alcoholic in nonmedical treatment

Elizabeth C. Penick, James C. Norton, Carol A. Sauers, Barbara J. Powell, Marsha R. Read

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The ambivalence about chronic alcohol abuse among health and related professionals can result in their failure to appreciate medical complications frequently associated with this disorder. Data from 81 male alcoholics are presented in this article to illustrate their increased risk of physical illness and premature death. The authors point to the need for more effective screening and monitoring procedures in alcoholism programs as well as improved training of professionals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-137
Number of pages16
JournalHealth and Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1978

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Elizabeth C. Penick, Ph.D., is Research Project Director, Veterans Administration Hospital, and Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri. James C. Norton, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky Medical School, Lexington, Kentucky. Barbara J. Powell, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry, and Marsha R. Read, MSW, is Staff Social Worker, Department of Psychiatry, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri. Carol A. Sauers, BA, is a social work student, Kent School of Social Work, Louisville, Kentucky. This study was supported in part by Grant No. AA01853 from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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  • General Medicine


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