From the February 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Survey of Public Attitudes

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.--Traditional attitudes favoring willpower, religion, and legal controls for correcting alcoholism are losing support in the public mind. Instead, laymen now most frequently endorse medical and psychological help. These findings appear in a report in the Quarterly Journal of Studies on Alcohol, published by the Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies. Arnold S. Linsky, University of New Hampshire sociologist, conducted the study in a sample of 315 Vancouver, Wash., adults.

His research was designed to determine how much the public attitude matches the outward signs of profound changes in the public view of alcoholism. The outward signs he had noted were: a basically sympathetic portrayal of the alcoholic in motion pictures and popular journalism; accelerated development of clinics and local committees on alcoholism; and challenge of the constitutionality of imprisoning alcoholics for drunkenness.

-- Rutgers News Service

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