The Treatment of Drinking Problems, 5th Edition


I was happy to be invited to be a co-author on the 5th edition of Treatment of Drinking Problems, the prior editions of which have been among the most widely read and respected books on clinical management of alcohol use disorders in the UK. It really ought to be called “Edwards’ Treatment of Drinking Problems” given that Griffith Edwards wrote the first two editions entirely and was a co-author on the next two. Echoes of his clinical wisdom and stylish writing are on every page, and he was gracious enough to contribute a preface to this new edition.

The book describes what drinking problems are, how they originate, the consequences they have, how individual clinicians can treat them and how the health care system as whole can respond to them effectively. In the 5th edition we added significant material for clinicians in non-specialty practice settings (e.g., general practitioners, A&E staff) and I hope therefore the book will be of use outside the alcoholism clinic. We tried to minimize jargon and abstruse theorizing as well such that the book might also be of value to people who are experiencing drinking problems themselves.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College Lonon. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over ten thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.

5 thoughts on “The Treatment of Drinking Problems, 5th Edition”

  1. As I'm finding my job teaching at a continuation school to be less and less about teaching and more about social work/counseling, I find my skill-set around drug/alcohol counseling to be somewhat thin. Sounds like a great read but $70 is a bit beyond my pay grade!

  2. Eli — Alas, academic publishers charge high prices, and not because the authors are richly rewarded (It is literally less than a minimum wage proposition for the author). But you can get a small discount on the curent edition through Amazon from some of the secondary sellers who have it at $59, or buy a used copy of the quite good and still useful prior editions for as little as a couple bucks.

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