This policy position paper from the Alcohol and Drug Problems Association of North America discusses alcohol and drug dependence as a primary disease entity distinct from mental disorders. The organizations position is that it should not be trivialized as a behavioral problem arising from personality disorders. http://www.adpana.com/alcohol.html
Alcohol & Drug Problem Association of North America
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Blogger Comment; Alcoholics Anonymous treats alcoholism as a disease. The symptoms of alcoholism are drinking alcohol at the expense of and damage to self due to an allergy to alcohol and a spiritual malady that compels an alcoholic to drink against their wishes. Alcoholism denies to its sufferer that they do not have a disease of alcoholism.