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Although alcoholism has existed since early times, it has been considered a disease by the American Medical Association only since 1956 (Kinney and Leaton, 1987). It is now accepted that alcoholism is a primary, progressive, chronic, and fatal disease. This disease has also been separated into distinct stages with specific behaviors correlated to each stage. As the disease progresses, deterioration occurs in all phases of life: emotionally, spiritually, and physically. In later stages, people are immobilized by self-deceiving factors and unless the drinking stops death is inevitable (Kinney and Leaton, 1987). However, as Sharon Wegscheider - Cruse notes "Few alcoholics play out their drama alone. Like the embattled protagonist of a Shakespearean tragedy, blind and unknowing, they take a whole cast of supporting characters down to disaster with them" (Wegscheider, 1981, p. 76).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations


Educational Psychology: Teaching

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Len Froyen

Second Advisor

Ann Vernon


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