Is Alcoholism the New Jewish Disease?

By Marcia Spiegel

Eugene Borowitz, November 25, 1977

It is a lingering myth that alcoholism is not a problem in the Jewish community, the author reports. The cultural, religious and (perhaps) metabolic pattern of Jewish sobriety did once exist, the author argues, but as the Jewish community assimilated into general American culture, it took on general American attitudes towards alcohol, and so alcoholism is a growing problem in the Jewish community. Alcoholism is a disease, the author contends, and should be treated as an epidemic and addressed by trained specialists.

Topic: Social Services, Addiction, Genetics, Family, Health and Healing, Assimilation

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Borowitz, Eugene B.

Volume/Issue: Vol.8/no.142

Page Number(s): 9-11

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Spiegel, Marcia. Is Alcoholism the New Jewish Disease?. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Eugene Borowitz. 25 November 1977: 9-11. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8997


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