Alcoholism and Women: The Background and the Psychology by Jan Bauer

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They couldn't believe that women were just as helpless as they were. 18 She worked hard to attract more women members but it was arduous work, for women themselves brought to bear the same severe judgments on their sisters or themselves and continued, as they do today, to hide the problem in a web of deception and fear. In this regard she says: We used to hold discussions as to why they couldn't stay sober, couldn't make the program work. Some of the men thought it was because women were more dishonest than men, less direct.

Excessive drinking is marked by a preoccupation with drinking, a need for alcohol in order to function at work or in society, guilt and alibis and dishonesty about the consumption of alcohol. 2. " 3. Further on, such symptoms as morbid jealousy, reduction of sexual desire, morning drinking, suicide attempts and breakup of the family point to irreversible addiction. " 3 The references to the wife and sexual symptoms are clearly meant to evoke the picture of the classic male alcoholic. Even for a man, however, it is deceptive, for it implies that each one of the 54 stages must be lived through before the hapless individual finally turns for help, having hit the end of the road and lost his family, job, health and dignity.

2'92'088042 C82-095091-2 Copyright © 1982 by Jan Bauer. All rights reserved. INNER CITY BOOKS Box 1271, Station Q, Toronto, Canada M4T 2P4 Honorary Patron: Marie-Louise von Franz. Publisher and General Editor: Daryl Sharp. Editorial Board: Fraser Boa, Daryl Sharp, Marion Woodman. G. Jung. Cover: Head of the young Dionysos, god of wine. Late Hellenistic carving, found near Rome. (British Museum) Glossary and Index by Daryl Sharp. Printed and bound in Canada by Webcom Limited Page 5 Contents Preface 7 Introduction 9 1 Medical Background and Theoretical Models Alcoholism as Pathology 15 Lay Models of Alcoholism 18 The Impaired Model 18 The Dry Moral Model 20 The Wet Moral Model 21 The Alcoholics Anonymous Model 24 Professional Models 28 The Old Medical Model 28 The New Medical Model 30 Old Psychological-Analytic Models 32 New Psychological Models 38 The Family Interaction Model 40 2 Jungian Concepts and Alcoholism What Jung Said about Alcoholism 43 Critique of Theoretical Models 45 Moralistic versus Moral 45 Materialism versus Meaning 47 Classification versus Understanding 49 3 Archetypal Patterns in Alcoholism The Dionysian and the Apollonian 52 The Female Drinker 57 Two Women's Stories 60 A Housewife 61 A Singer 65 Aesklepios, Apollo and Alcoholics Anonymous 69 The Masculine Spirit in Women 75 4 The Woman Alcoholic Four Case Histories 79 Colette 79 Page 6 Solange 86 Roberta 90 Noelle 95 Psychological Factors 101 The Mother Complex 102 The Father Complex 106 The Parental Marriage 108 The Secret 109 Summary 110 Archetypal Motifs 111 In Search of the Feminine 113 Conclusion 118 Appendix 1 Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Steps 121 Appendix 2 Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve Traditions 122 Appendix 3 The Bill W.

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