HERBERT RAKATANSKY, M.D.
To the editor: The UCLA Conference about alcoholism in the March issue (1) correctly emphasizes the magnitude of the problem. In addition to alcoholic persons themselves, however, many other persons are affected and ill due to alcoholism, including their relatives and friends.
These behavioral disturbances and emotional problems are called co-alcoholism, and its diagnosis may be even more obscure than the diagnosis of alcoholism. Because each alcoholic has a cohort of friends and relatives, the number of people affected by co-alcoholism is even larger than the number of people affected by alcoholism.
The point is well made in the conference
RAKATANSKY H. Co-Alcoholism. Ann Intern Med. ;100:921. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-6-921_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;100(6):921.
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