From the December 1966 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Abstention Works

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.

I . . . agree . . . that the cure of alcoholism is to abstain from alcohol. Call it "cure," "control," or whatever you like, but the fact that it works is the important consideration for the alcoholic, actual or potential.

Perhaps alcoholism is a "disease" if the base of definition is broadened sufficiently. However, in the true disease of penicillin sensitivity, for example, it is...

-- Smith H. Gibson, M.D.