The perception of problem drinkers by general hospital staff, general practitioners and alcoholic patients Academic Article uri icon


  • A sample of 275 subjects (general hospital staff, general practitioners and alcoholic patients) was investigated regarding their perception of problem-drinkers. A set of semantic differential scales was used, and subjects were asked to evaluate the concepts of "problem drinker," "self" and "ideal self." Psychological distance was measured in terms of bipolar personality constructs between each of the above concepts. Significant differences were found between the groups in terms of concept evaluation and psychological distance. The implications of these findings for both research and treatment are discussed.

author list (cited authors)

  • Potamianos, G., Winter, D., Duffy, S. W., Gorman, D. M., & Peters, T. J.

citation count

  • 17

publication date

  • July 1985