Psychological Medicine

Research Article

A reappraisal of alcoholic psychoses

John Cuttinga1 c1

a1 Institute of Psychiatry and Academic Department of Psychological Medicine, Kings College Hospital


A retrospective study of alcoholic psychoses is reported. The phenomena of the illnesses corresponded poorly with classical descriptions of alcoholic hallucinosis, delirium tremens and alcoholic paranoia. Alternative diagnostic approaches were tried (Catego, restrictive definition of alcoholic hallucinosis). The problems of distinguishing psychoses with associated organic factors from ‘idiopathic’ forms are discussed.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr J. Cutting, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF.