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Destigmatizing alcohol dependence: the requirement for an ethical (not only medical) remedy.

Abstract

The disease model of alcohol dependence or "alcoholism" is often presented as the linchpin in addressing the condition successfully. It has been argued, for example, that adopting a medical approach will reduce the stigma that impedes the provision and acceptance of treatment. However, the medical paradigm has existed for many years without significantly affecting the negative social attitudes that surround dependence. I argue that a reductive scientific approach is not equipped to address the socioethical tensions that dependence creates. To lessen the stigmatization of dependence, it is important to integrate ethical analysis into policy debates on the condition.

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  • Authors

    Williamson L

    Source

    American journal of public health 102:5 2012 May pg e5-8

    MeSH

    Alcoholism
    Biomedical Research
    Ethics, Medical
    Health Policy
    Humans
    Morals
    Prejudice
    Social Stigma
    Stereotyping

    Pub Type(s)

    Journal Article
    Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    22494005