Alcoholism (The Infinite Mind instant audio download)
Chances are that you have a close family member who has a drinking problem. But if alcoholism is a disease, why is it that too often we look at the drinker as the problem? In today's program, we explore the latest research on alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse, the largest research study to date on treating alcoholism, and promising new treatments, including a clinical trial to treat alcohol dependence with a medication commonly used to control epilepsy. Guests include recovering alcoholic "Ann," on the role that Alcoholics Anonymous has played in her recovery; Dr. Enoch Gordis, former director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; Dr. William Miller, professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of New Mexico; actor, writer, and comedian Richard Lewis, whose book "The Other Great Depression" is now out in paperback; Dr. Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health; Dr. Dennis Charney, director of mood and anxiety disorders research at the National Institute of Mental Health; Pat McCathern, retired first sergeant in the U.S. Air Force; and Dr. Bankole Johnson, professor of psychiatry and pharmacology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Commentary by John Hockenberry.