1977 年 26 巻 4 号 p. 657-660
With reference to three cases of subacute alcoholism which occurred among middle-aged farmers, a study was performed primarily on the psychological factors which were observed before and after the incidence.
1) Discord between parents and children due to the latter's unwillingness to become heirs to their farm household, difficulty of having access to a job due to a drop in physical strength after the affliction of a disease to make up for this hollowness were observed before the incidence.
2) At the time of the incidence, the patients were found in a state of slight reactive depression, such as uneasiness and loneliness, displeasure and loneliness, and hollowness and loneliness, and this state was traceable to the predisease characters and environmental factors.
3) The drinking habit featured an escape from the feelings of displeasure, as it shifted from a nightly practice of slight drinking to a practice of toping due to a rapidly increasing mental reliance.