A Methodological Approach to Measuring the Meaning of Alcoholism.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CALIF
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Seventy-nine men were studied at the Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit, Naval Hospital, San Diego to develop a multiple dimensional measure of the impact of alcohol on a patients life. Extent of drinking, withdrawal symptoms, financial difficulties and interpersonal impact were examined separately and together in a composite score. A reasonable measure of the impact of alcohol on a patients life may be developed. Work problems, a family history of drinking, motives for drinking, somatic complaints, drinking patterns and interpersonal problems were related to intensity of alcoholic involvement. Author