A constant thread throughout my blogs so far has been an assertion that alcoholism and addiction are primarily emotional regulation and processing disorders.
So I was thus very interested to find this article (1) which describes how I am not the first to view alcoholism and addiction this way.
Here I use this article to present a brief history of research, dating back to the 1930s, that has viewed alcoholism and addiction in a similar way to I do now in 2014.
“Life, as we ﬁnd it, is too hard for us; it brings us too many pains, disappointments and impossible tasks. In order to bear it we cannot dispense with palliative measures. (…), intoxicating substances, which make us insensitive to it” (Freud, 1930, p. 75).
Rado (1933) was the ﬁrst to describe substance use as a way of coping with excessively difﬁcult states of emotions (3).