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Psychology & Treatment of Alcoholism

Professional Development

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge in Psychology & Treatment of Alcoholism to expand an existing practice, as a foundation qualification towards further studies, or for personal interest
  • Be awarded the BSY Professional Certificate of Merit

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

This course looks at whether alcoholism is truly a genetic illness in which the individual cannot be held responsible for his actions, or whether he /she became addicted through weakness. It investigates the theory of the addictive personality and the psychology of the addictive mind. Alcoholism can be diagnosed accurately and its progression can be predicted.  Empathising and working with the alcoholic can lead to successful treatment of the disease, freeing the true personality of the individual.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • Sympathy and Empathy
      • Alcoholism
      • What Alcoholism Is and what it is Not
      • Facts
  • Lesson Two
    • Alcohol
      • Absorption
      • Alcohol Content of Drinks
      • Blood Alcohol Concentration Level
      • Effect of Alcohol
      • Oxidation/Metabolism
      • Reasons for Drinking
    • The Alcohol Dependence Syndrome
    • Alcohol-related Damage
      • Problems Relating to Intoxication
      • Problems Relating to Regular Heavy Drinking
  • Lesson Three
    • Diagnosis
      • Detection in General Practice
      • Therapeutic Measures
  • Lesson Four
    • Excuses
    • Immaturity
      • Self-Talk
      • The Alcoholic Ego
      • Recognising Immaturity in the Alcoholic
  • Lesson Five
    • Immaturity (Continued)
      • Omnipotence
      • Inability to Accept Frustration
    • Learning to Live
      • Reducing the Ego
      • There Can Be No Compromise
      • Case History
  • Lesson Six
    • Alcohol and Depression
    • Medical Treatment of Alcoholism
      • Two Models of Treatment Programmes
      • Advances in Treatment
      • The Genetic Probe
  • Lesson Seven
    • Withdrawal
      • Case History
      • Symptoms
      • Consequences of Alcohol Withdrawal
      • Pharmacotherapy
      • Non-drug Detoxification
      • Inpatient v Outpatient Detoxification
  • Lesson Eight
    • The Adolescent and Alcohol
      • The Family System Problem
      • Warning Signs
      • Treatments
    • Children of Alcoholics
      • Psychological Problems
      • Behaviours
      • Help and Support
      • Teenagers
  • Lesson Nine
    • The Disease of Alcoholism
    • The Dynamics of Recovery
      • Recovery and the Hospital Role
  • Lesson Ten
    • The Dynamics of Recovery (Continued)
      • Frustration
      • Relapse
      • Case History
      • Case Example of Affirmation to Recovery

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.