It is apparent that the current literature fails to systematically describe and examine the diverse value and ethical issues that arise in relation to alcohol abuse. This volume attempts to fulfil this void by addressing the most basic scientific and philosophical questions about the causes of alcoholism, their implications for individual responsibility and the most basic public policy questions that stem from clinical medicine and public health.
List of contributors. Preface. Alcoholism and the medical model of disease (L. Reznik). The case against alcoholism as a disease (J.A. Schaler). Alcoholism and other forms of addiction (S. Hird, R.B. Millman). The ethics of alcoholism treatment and rehabilitation (G.L. La Vigne, I. Hassenfeld). Alcoholism, moral agency and paternalism: a theoretical framework (G. Agich, T. May). Ethical considerations regarding orthotopic liver transplantation for alcoholic patients (M.R. Lucey, T. Beresford). Justice and alcoholism (W.N. Shelton). Women and alcohol abuse (C.M. Harris, M.B. Mahowald). How particular social environments affect alcoholics (B.M. Loneck). Economic issues of alcoholism (J. Lambrinos). Alcoholism, alcohol problems, and social policies (T.K. Greenfield). Recent alcoholism treatment research: ethical issues of implementation into clinical practice (A. King et al.). Ethical issues in alcohol-related emergencies and emergency care of alcoholic and intoxicated patients (D. Mayer, L. Thibodeau). Index.