Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: A Multidisciplinary Approach by M. J. Akhtar (auth.), J. S. Madden, Robin Walker, W. H.

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 quick foreword to those complaints of the 3rd foreign convention on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. in the course of the week specialists, from internationally, 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 business implications of those dual scourges of the modern scene. The discussions have been so much invaluable and enlightening even if a large spectrum of conflicting perspectives and reviews have been published. The justification for including one more quantity to the starting to be literature during this box is two-fold; first, that these enjoying the convention can learn at relaxation and extensive the transactions of the convention; and secondly, that those that have been not able to wait may benefit from the newest perspectives of overseas specialists within the diversified elements of 1 of the main present difficulties in global health and wellbeing. LORD COHEN OF BIRKENBEAD CH, PRSH, MD, DSc, ScD, LLD, DCL, FRCP, DL, JPo CONTENTS advent . . • . . . . . . . . . . . .

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In 1933 the Rolleston Committee established the so-called "Bri tish System" of managing drug addiction as a medical issue. At that time there were relatively few addicts, and drug abuse was not viewed as a social threat. Since the Second World War things have changed. We have built up an elaborate system of drug controls covering a wide range of behaviour. Today far more people are convicted of drug offences than are recorded as drug dependent. The "British System" as originally conceived, is dead.

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AKING A PROBLEM ? MARTIN A. PLANT MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL UNIT FOR EPIDEMIOLOGICAL STUDIES IN PSYCHIATRY UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, EDINBURGH DEFINING "ABUSE" At the Second International Conference on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Liverpool, somebody said that an alcoholic is a person who drinks more than his doctor. In practical terms that is probably as good a definition as any. Definitions of drug use or abuse are just as relative as that. A drug ~ gets high with whatever drug you use.

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