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Addictive issues are characterized by way of a department of the desire, within which the addict is attracted either via a wish to proceed the addictive behaviour and likewise by means of a wish to cease it. educational views in this problem often come from medical and medical standpoints, with the 'moral version' rejected as superseded. yet Christian theology has an extended historical past of pondering and writing on such difficulties and gives insights that are precious to medical and moral mirrored image upon the character of habit. Chris prepare dinner experiences Christian theological and moral mirrored image upon the issues of alcohol use and misuse, from biblical occasions till the current day. Drawing fairly upon the writings of St Paul the Apostle and Augustine of Hippo, a serious theological version of habit is constructed. Alcohol dependence can also be considered within the broader moral point of view of the use and misuse of alcohol inside of groups.

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7). West, 2001, p. 3. But this approach does not receive universal acceptance. For some, addiction is the exact antithesis of this, a matter of deliberate choice. For example, it has been described as ‘a fondness for, or orientation toward, some thing or activity’ (Schaler, 2002, p. xiv). Although Schaler would argue that addiction need not be harmful, and that virtues are merely addictions which are approved of (Schaler, 2002, p. xiv). 30 May, 1988. West, 2001, p. 3. 31 For example, John Booth Davies,32 a social psychologist, in his book The Myth of Addiction, considers addiction to be an explanation that people offer for their behaviour which attributes causality to external sources.

1969). 26 Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics position adopted by Islam, the great majority of Muslims choose not to drink alcohol at all. It is self-evident that none of these people, so long as they remain completely abstinent from alcohol, will ever develop alcohol dependence. However, for any person who does choose to drink, further important choices do remain. 64 In times of stress, alcohol may seem to offer relief65 and is available as one option for coping, among a variety of others.

19–20. See, for example, Sullivan, 1965, pp. 45–88, for an example taken from first-century Roman culture. World Health Organization, 1992, pp. 70–83; ICD-10 also provides classifications for withdrawal states, and various psychotic disorders due to use of alcohol. The separation of amnesic syndrome and other psychotic disorders from other harmful consequences of alcohol use would seem to be fairly arbitrary, except insofar as these disorders, although caused by alcohol, persist after alcohol consumption is discontinued.

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