By Christopher C. H. Cook

ISBN-10: 0511191863

ISBN-13: 9780511191862

ISBN-10: 0521851823

ISBN-13: 9780521851824

Addictive problems are characterized through a department of the desire, during which the addict is attracted either through a wish to proceed the addictive behaviour and likewise by way of a wish to cease it. educational views in this situation often come from scientific and clinical standpoints, with the 'moral version' rejected as outdated. yet Christian theology has a protracted heritage of pondering and writing on such difficulties and provides insights that are important to medical and moral mirrored image upon the character of dependancy. Chris cook dinner stories Christian theological and moral mirrored image upon the issues of alcohol use and misuse, from biblical instances till the current day. Drawing really upon the writings of St Paul the Apostle and Augustine of Hippo, a serious theological version of dependancy is built. Alcohol dependence is additionally seen within the broader moral point of view of the use and misuse of alcohol inside groups.

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57 First, he noted a difference in the relationship between the obsessional thought 53 55 56 57 54 Kahler, Epstein and McCrady, 1995. Drummond, 2001. Heather, Rollnick and Winton, 1983. G. Edwards and Gross, 1976, p. 1060; Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterised by obsessional thoughts or compulsive acts. Obsessional thoughts are recurrent, intrusive ideas, images or impulses, which are usually distressing (or at least recognised as senseless), and which are unsuccessfully resisted. Compulsive behaviour is also repetitive, is neither rewarding nor constructive, and is recognised as senseless and is also usually resisted.

For sake of simplicity, the distinction will not be laboured here. For the sake of simplicity, the term will be taken here to include psychotic disorders arising from alcohol use. An addiction in context 15 syndrome’. e. ‘harmful use’) or else leads to dependence. Harmful use in ICD-10 is explicitly defined in a very medical way, restricted to damage to mental and physical health, and specifically excludes negative social consequences of drinking. The definition further requires that ‘actual damage’ to physical or mental health should have been ‘caused’ by alcohol.

Social and psychological functioning becomes dependent upon the presence of alcohol, and any significant reduction in the level of consumption is likely to trigger unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, which become a cue for further drinking. On the other hand, social and psychological functioning and health are also all grossly impaired by heavy alcohol consumption. To the extent that drinkers are able to recognise this, they will find themselves 63 64 65 67 G. , 1994, pp. 63–65. G. Edwards, Marshall and Cook, 2003, pp.

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