A broad survey in the US showed that 90% of those polled believed alcoholism was a disease. However, a survey of medical doctors indicated that 80% of them thought of alcoholism as simply bad behavior. The American Medical Association regards it as a disease, but the American Psychiatric Association classifies alcoholism as a mental disorder (DSM-IV).
I hiked one day with a woman I’ll call Laura. She shared with me that she had just lost her husband. She said that for a number of years he had been obsessed with avoiding all foods and environmental toxins that had any claimed connection to cancer. I asked her how he died and she replied, “Cancer of course. His body was totally riddled with it.”