Psychology of Alcoholism Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Psychology of Alcoholism
A discussion on the physiological and psychological components of alcoholism.
# 138640 | 2,250 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs)

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The paper presents the argument that alcoholism is a multi-causal disease that has both physiological and psychological components. The paper shows how physiological causes and effects result in psychological effects, and psychological effects in turn can influence physiological effects. The paper includes an outline and an annotated bibliography.

From the Paper:

"What this means is that medication can be used to treat alcoholism. This would seem to indicate that alcoholism is at least partially physiological. If alcoholism was at only psychological it would not be possible to treat it with medication. Therefore, the fact that alcoholism can be treated with medication would seem to support the position that alcoholism has a physiological component.
"Although alcoholism has a physiological component it also has a psychological component. Some studies have indicated that people with certain types of personalities are more susceptible to becoming alcoholic. For example, in "Five-factor model personality traits associated with alcohol-related diagnoses in a clinical sample" Christopher J. Hopwood et al(2007) state,
"Thus, it appears that identified traits are associated with substance use generally, rather than alcohol specifically. Given that relatively few differences in traits were observed between remitted and current drinkers, the identified configuration is more likely to represent a general proclivity to substance use than situational effects of substance problems.
(Hopwood et al, 2007, p.459)""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chastain, Garvin(2006), "Alcohol, neurotransmitter systems,and behavior" in The Journal of General Psychology , Vol. 133, Iss.4, Oct: 329-336.(7).
  • Hopwood, Christopher J., Morey, Leslie C., Skodol, Andrew E., Stout, Robert L, Yen, Shirley, Ansell, Emily B., Carlos M. Grilo, Carlos M. and McGlashan, Thomas H.(2007), "Five- factor model personality traits associated with alcohol- related diagnoses in a clinical sample" in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs , Vol.68, Iss.3, May: 455-461.
  • Maurage, Pierre, Philippot, Pierre, Joassin, Frederic, Pauwels, Laurie, Pham, Tierry, Prieto, Esther Alonso, Palmero-Soler, Ernesto, Zanow, Franck and Campanella, Salvatore(2008),"The auditory-visual integration of anger is impaired in alcoholism: an event-related potentials study" in Journal of PsychiatryandNeuroscience,Vol.33,Iss.2March: 111-123.
  • Surgenor, Lois J., Horn, Jacqueline, Hudson, Stephen M., Adamson, Simon and Robertson, Paul(2006), "Alcohol dependence and psychological sense of control: refining the links, New Zealand Journal of Psychology , Vol.35, Iss.3, Nov: 146-153.
  • Wellbery, Caroline(2008), "Topiramate is an effective treatment for alcohol dependence" in American Family Physician , Vol.77, Iss.8, April 15: 1160.

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