Alcoholism: Do Threats and Therapy Mix?
Hastings Center Report. 1982 Dec; 12(6): 7-11.
The coercive methods that are increasingly used by governments to force individuals with drinking problems to submit to treatment raise ethical issues related to personal rights of autonomy and privacy. A survey of government officials and alcohol treatment center directors in sixteen countries was taken to determine attitudes toward the ethical limits of forced treatment rules, and to assist in the development of an ethical legal standard. Luks, chairman of the legal section of the International Council on Alcohol and Addictions, discusses stipulations that could be written into coercive laws to protect individual rights. (KIE abstract)