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Alcoholism in the elderly social and biomedical issues

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Published by Raven Press in New York .
Written in English


  • Alcoholism.,
  • Older people -- Alcohol use.,
  • Alcohol -- Physiological effect.,
  • Aging -- Physiological aspects.,
  • Alcoholism -- In old age.

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographies and index.

Statementeditors, James T. Hartford, T. Samorajski.
SeriesAging ;, v. 25
ContributionsHartford, James T., Samorajski, T. 1923-
LC ClassificationsRC451.4.A5 A427 1984
The Physical Object
Paginationxvi, 288 p. :
Number of Pages288
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL3180318M
ISBN 100890049246
LC Control Number83022940

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