From the May 1969 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

No Useful Purpose

To tell the truth, sufficient clinical observation and research results are available to show that alcoholism Is no more a disease entity than chronic headache or chronic backache. Enough data exists to show that the patients in these centers (alcoholism facilities) are in fact being treated for personality difficulties: recurring attacks of depression, marital discontent, and the like. And, of course, for those who need it, treatment is provided for cirrhosis of the liver, peripheral neuritis, gastritis, subdural hematoma, or other sequelae of chronic...

-- John Cowen M.B., Ch.B.