Becker, Howard
December 2008
Alcohol Research & Health;2008, Vol. 31 Issue 4, p352
Academic Journal
The article discusses the implications of repeated alcohol withdrawal episodes. According to the author, alcoholism is a chronic relapsing disease and many alcoholics invariably experience multiple bouts of heavy drinking interspersed with periods of abstinence or withdrawal of varying duration. It is noted that repeated withdrawals affect the emotional state and stress response of alcoholics. Furthermore, multiple withdrawal episodes provide opportunities for alcoholics to experience the negative reinforcing properties of alcohol.


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