HERBERT RAKATANSKY, M.D.
To the editor: In the recent letter on co-alcoholism published in the June issue (1), I suggested that the behavioral and emotional problems characterizing this illness be treated by referral to Al-Anon and private counseling. However, the published letter read Alcoholics Anonymous, not Al-Anon. This editorial oversight, perhaps a result of the zeal to avoid abbreviations, reemphasizes the problem. The illness of co-alcoholism is seldom recognized by the patient or the physician and the available treatment, particularly Al-Anon, is not well known nor is its efficacy well appreciated.
The alcoholic member of the family benefits from Alcoholics Anonymous. The equally
HERBERT RAKATANSKY. Correction: Al-Anon for Associates of Alcoholics. Ann Intern Med. 1984;101:284. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-101-2-284_7
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1984;101(2):284.
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