Editorials

Alcohol, accidents, and aggression

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6939.1254 (Published 14 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1254
  1. N Heather

    For some time, specialists in the treatment and prevention of problems related to alcohol have recognised that these problems go far beyond what has come to be known as alcoholism. Alcohol contributes substantially to a wide range of physical, psychological, and social problems throughout the population, not merely in a small subgroup of people with severe alcohol dependence. Indeed, some people have argued that the concept of “alcoholism” has retarded progress in describing and responding to the full extent of harm related to alcohol and has delayed the emergence of a genuine public health perspective on alcohol problems.1

    Whether this last point is accepted, two recent issues of leading journals in the field reinforce the argument that alcohol problems are by no means confined to …

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