About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment
Dr. Robert Dupont, director of the D.C. Narcotics Treatment Administration. maintains that the District's 20,000 heroin addicts typically use alcohol at ages 13, 14, and 15 before turning to other drugs. "Many heroin addicts have alcoholic parents," explains Joe Savoy of the Model Cities Addiction Program. "They don't want to be like them and they do want to buck the system. So, partially because it is illegal, these kids start shooting. When they try to break their habit, many switch to booze and invariably start drinking alcoholically from their first drink--to get a...
-- Andrea Cohen