Alcoholism is Not a Disease

Addiction specialist and licensed psychologist Stanton Peele responds to the question Is alcoholism a disease? Peele argues that alcoholism as inbred and lifelong, and not susceptible to external factors is incorrect. All factors have an impact.


Do you agree with Peeles conclusions? What are some of the external factors which affect problem drinking?

How does social class or socio-economic status affect drinking tendencies? Is there any evidence that alcoholism can be inherited?