By M. J. Akhtar (auth.), J. S. Madden, Robin Walker, W. H. Kenyon (eds.)
It is for me, as President of the Merseyside Lancashire & Cheshire Council on Alcoholism, a sign privilege to put in writing a short foreword to those complaints of the 3rd overseas convention on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. through the week specialists, from across the world, in all these disciplines that have a contribution to make to the answer of the issues of alcoholism and drug dependence, surveyed fresh advances in our wisdom of the aetiology, epidemiology, early attractiveness, administration, and the social and commercial implications of those dual scourges of the modern scene. The discussions have been such a lot worthwhile and enlightening even if a large spectrum of conflicting perspectives and stories have been printed. The justification for including another quantity to the becoming literature during this box is two-fold; first, that these playing the convention can examine at rest and intensive the transactions of the convention; and secondly, that those that have been not able to wait could gain advantage from the newest perspectives of overseas specialists within the assorted aspects of 1 of the key present difficulties in global wellbeing and fitness. LORD COHEN OF BIRKENBEAD CH, PRSH, MD, DSc, ScD, LLD, DCL, FRCP, DL, JPo CONTENTS advent . . • . . . . . . . . . . . .
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From the preceding account it can be seen that chronic alcoholism may be associated with disordered function and disease in most systems of the body. Some of the abnormalities such as acute gastritis, peripheral neuropathy and cirrhosis are very common, Whereas conditions such as central pontine myelinolysis and degeneration of the corpus callosum are rare. For this reason the psychiatrists and social workers Who often treat alcoholics must be aware of these physical complications of alcoholism.
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Ini tial doubts are allayed, and the individual is reassured and convinced that any initial fears or reservations are unfounded. Most people do not begin to use drugs until they accept that it is safe ILLEGAL DRUGTAKING 41 to do so. In addition, drug use invariably occurs when it is clearly defined as prestigious; when a person's friends make it clear that this behaviour is approved of and desired. Reports from drugtakers invariably emphasise the strong social pressure to use drugs. Usually drug use is prompted not by strangers, but by friends, and is seen by those who indulge in it as a token of intimacy and a bond.