The Treatment of Drinking Problems has become the definitive text in the field of alcohol problems. It addresses the frontline realities of clinical practice in an informed and empathetic way, whilst grounding this approach in critical scientific review. Now in its fifth edition, the text has been thoroughly revised and updated with new sections covering interventions for hazardous and harmful drinking, dependent drinking, and the different settings in which alcohol problems are encountered. Clinical vignettes are used throughout the text to bring the discussion to life and to address the frontline realities of clinical practice. This is a highly readable and practical guide for anyone, generalist or specialist, treating or caring for someone with an alcohol problem.
Preface; A note on the fifth edition; Introduction; Part I. Background to Understanding: 1. Definitions of drinking problems; 2. Alcohol as a drug; 3. Causes of drinking problems; 4. Social complications and consequences; 5. Physical complications of excessive drinking; 6. Drinking problems and psychiatric co-morbidity; 7. Alcohol and other drugs; 8. Various clinical presentations; Part II. Screening, Assessment and Treatment: 9. Introduction, settings and roles; 10. Non-specialist settings; 11. Assessment as the beginning of therapy; 12. Withdrawal states and treatment of withdrawal; 13. The basic work of treatment; 14. Specialist treatment and pharmacotherapy; 15. Alcoholics Anonymous and alternatives; 16. Spiritual and religious issues in treatment; 17. Working towards normal drinking; 18. When things go wrong and putting them right; Index.