40 Percent Alcoholics?

Andrew Sullivan —  May 18 2012 @ 4:40pm

According to a proposed revision of the mental health diagnostic guide, that might be an accurate description of college students. Russell Blackford rages:

I get fed up with the constant attempts to treat people's legitimate choices as pathological … A diagnostic manual of mental disorders can end up being used to do an end run around people's political freedom – all sorts of behavioral choices could be stigmatised as revealing mental disorder. It's not as if we lack historical experience with this. Think of how homosexuality has been treated in the past, not to mention any interest in sex on the part of women. If we're not careful, "mental disorders" can become, as they sometimes have become in the past, mere political constructs.