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Binge drinker
  1. Peter J Aspinall
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr Peter J Aspinall
 University of Kent, Centre for Health Services Studies, George Allen Wing, Canterbury CT2 7NF, UK;

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In addressing the moral consequences of classification, Bowker and Star have remarked that “each category valorizes some point of view and silences another”.1 Unusually in medicine, such valorisation has silently entered the Read Codes with the announcement by the NHS Centre for Coding and Classification in January 2004 of the addition of “136R. Binge drinker”. Medical terms usually qualify a condition or disease rather than …

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