Stories from the 1970s

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The Walls Came Tumbling down One of the most rewarding of AA's activities has been its work in prisons and institutions. Mutual understanding and respect have grown, and today we enjoy a high degree of cooperation from institution and government officials. Something of what... D. S. July 1970
Inside and Outside I AM AN inmate of a state prison and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous. We refer to our members here as "inside" and to all AAs who are not in institutions as "outside" members. In my mind, those terms have another meaning: the "inside" and "outside... R. P. July 1970
Hell's Angel Looks Homeward MY FIRST contact with alcohol was at about the age of sixteen, in November 1956, when my younger brother was killed. From that day on, I needed a drink to go on living. I blamed myself for his death. The hurt was deep. In December 1957, I went into... R. L. July 1970
A Beef from Australia I AM AN inmate of a South Australian prison, and I've got a beef. At our regular AA meeting, I heard one of the "outside" visitors say, "You will be accepted as an equal when you leave here and attend AA meetings on the outside." These were... A. K. July 1970
AA in a State Hospital THE AWAKENING is much like those experienced in the past by many of our readers. I see the barren room, the steel grids across the windows. I smell the institutional smell. I hear the muffled sounds of activity, fearsome and yet reassuring. And I... E. A. July 1970
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment A number of rural and Indian community-action agencies have designed programs to break the alcoholic cycle which impoverishes many families. So far, encouraging results are being reported from these alcoholic counseling and recovery programs. The... Rural Opportunities January 1970
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment LONDON, ENGLAND (UPI)--Remember that first, drink? If you do, there's a possibility you may be an alcoholic, according to the British National Council of Alcoholism. A report by the council said one of the best ways to spot an alcoholic is by... January 1970
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment WASHINGTON--When you walk out of the bowling alley after a few belts with the boys along about 1975, you may not be able to start your car. It'll have this new gadget on it that the National Highway Safety Bureau now refers to as an "alcohol... Denver Post-Los Angeles Times January 1970
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment MELBOURNE (Ap)--Study by Melbourne University and Melbourne's St. Vincent's Hospital suggests a link between alcoholism, smoking, and lung disease. The report, published in the latest issue of the Medical journal of Australia, also found that... Long Island (New York) Press January 1970
About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment MOSCOW (Reuters)--Two schoolteachers and a collective farmer rushed into a first-aid post in a small Kirghiz town just after midnight, begging for an ambulance to bring the fanner's pregnant wife from a distant village. The first-aid teams, along... New York Times January 1970