Growth of Interest in Alcoholism
Preparations are under way to launch the federal government's first broad attack on alcoholism. As now contemplated, the attack will be comparable to various multi-faceted campaigns undertaken in cooperation with state and local agencies to eradicate or reduce other hazards to health. Many authorities consider alcoholism—in terms of its incidence, its resistance to attempts at cure, and its effects on the individual, the family, and the community—a public health problem outranked only by the great killer diseases (cancer and heart trouble) and by mental illness. Yet relatively little governmental effort or money has been expended to deal with the problem.
Number of Alcoholics and Toll of Alcoholism
The exact number of alcoholics can hardly be determined. It is commonly recognized that excessive ...