Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 1985


Course syllabus for ALC 815 Alcoholism: Treatment Issues

Course description: This course will look at issues relative to treating alcohol abusers. Specifically, the course will attempt to answer the following seven questions:

  1. Is alcoholism a symptom or a disease?
  2. Does alcoholism usually get progressively worse?
  3. Are alcoholics, before they begin to abuse alcohol, different from non-alcoholics?
  4. Is abstinence a necessary goal of treatment, or can insisting on abstinence sometimes be counterproductive?
  5. Is returning to safe, social (controlled) drinking possible for some alcoholics?
  6. Does treatment alter the natural history of alcoholism?
  7. How helpful is Alcoholics Anonymous in the treatment of alcoholism?