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Causes of Alcoholism
With recognition to Peet Duvenage
In many cases alcoholism
has deeper lying causes that do not disappear once the drinker is sober.
The following attributes are considered to be generally applicable to people
that become alcoholics (Catanzaro, Ronald J: ALCOHOLISM, Charles C. Thomas,
Education/development. A study by the McCords (ORIGINS OF ALCOHOLISM, Travistock Publications, 1959) has indicated the following negative circumstances as having an above average occurrence in the case of alcoholics.
patterns. Addiction tends to develop
over time. With and without addiction humans establish set behaviour patterns.
These patterns do not change simply because the addiction has been broken.
Environment. Alcohol is a method to escape from
All humans have a need for security. Religious people experience it
via their religion. Alcohol is sometimes called God-in-the-bottle. Alcohol can
have the same value to the alcoholic as religion may have for a religious
person. For alcoholics alcohol removes the feeling of guilt and inferiority and
replaces it with a false sense of security. Insecurity returns when becoming
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