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A Medical Challenge: The Alcohol Disease in Sweden 1946–1955 
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.
2019 (English)In: Social history of medicine, ISSN 0951-631X, E-ISSN 1477-4666Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to analyse how alcohol misuse was constructed as a disease in Sweden from 1946 to 1955. During these years, alcohol misuse was intensely medicalised on a conceptual level, albeit not so much within the treatment sector or at the institutional level. Post-war humanism, a search for a solid ground for reformation of an unpopular system, and strong US influence were some of causes for this development. However, a medical framing without a medical cure did not manage to establish itself and the dominant problem description remained mostly social for the better part of the 20th century.

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alcohol misuse, alcohol disease, medicalisation, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170418DOI: 10.1093/shm/hky050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170418DiVA, id: diva2:1333236
Available from: 2019-06-30 Created: 2019-06-30 Last updated: 2019-07-01

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