THE FUNCTION OF ALCOHOL
As stated previously (pt. 4, p. 212), it was decided to discuss Mohave alcoholism in an Appendix, because the Mohave themselves view excessive drinking not as a type of neuroticism (yamomk), but simply as misconduct (ala:yk=bad.), though, needless to say, the psychiatrically informed anthropologist cannot concur with this Mohave evaluation of drinking behavior. The material presented in this study pertains to conditions which prevailed at a time when the American Indian could not yet obtain alcohol lawfully. Given the special position of alcoholism in Mohave psychiatric theory, it was deemed desirable to make the Appendix a self- contained unit. This explains why a few of the cases about to be presented are nothing more than abstracts--slanted so as to emphasize incidents involving alcoholic excesses--of cases already reported in full elsewhere in this work. Of these overlapping cases only Case 137--identical with Case 64--contains new material, because the inclusion of that material in the text of the already very long Case 64 would have interrupted the orderly presentation of those aspects of Case 64 which were directly relevant to its central theme.
Glover's ( 1932) appeal for anthropological contributions to the psychoanalytic study of various forms of addiction has, so far, elicited only a meager response. This may be due in part to the difficulty anthropologists have experienced in deriving a systematic theory of alcohol addiction from the maze of the literature on alcohol; in spite of Horton's ( 1943) valuable attempt to test certain general propositions in cross-cultural terms, the comparative study of alcohol addiction is still in the fact-collecting stage. The anthropologist must therefore restrict his interpretations to the culture from which his own data have been drawn, and refer to existing-- and by no means generally accepted--theoretical interpretations in the most tentative manner. Accordingly, the sole aim of this Appendix is a systematic presentation of concrete data, with a limited