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Is alcoholism an allergy?

Brad Lamm
Addiction Medicine
The short answer is: no. However, some doctors think of alcoholism metaphorically as an allergy. This helps people think of alcoholism as something like those with a severe peanut allergy. Put peanuts (or alcohol for the alcohol-troubled) in the person with the allergy and something bad is likely to occur.

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