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What Is An Alcoholic Personality?

June 24th, 2010 – Posted by James W. West M.D. F.A.C.S. in Doctors Office


Question:  Is there such a thing as an alcoholic personality?

Answer: Many professionals who have worked in the field of addictive disease for years have concluded that many alcoholics share traits that could be considered a common personality makeup.  They are (1) a low frustration tolerance, (2) sensitivity, (3) a low sense of self-worth and (4) isolation – a feeling of being different, a “loner.”  Although these same traits occur in almost every person, in the alcoholic they are exaggerated and have been called the soil for addiction.  One could say that alcoholics are like everyone else, but more so.  They tend toward the extremes in their feelings, their ambitions and their drive.

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