From the November 1966 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

When Does Alcoholism Set In?

Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information.

Can a person be an alcoholic before he takes his first drink?

Yes, says a national authority--that is, he can be irretrievably on the road to alcoholism.

An alcoholic drinks for abnormal reasons from the beginning, believes Dr. Jackson A. Smith of Chicago. He added:

"Unquestionably, abnormal. . .social behavior is evident long before the usual physical findings are...