From the April 1973 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Opinions on Social Drinkers

Social drinking implies the consumption of alcohol before meals, after meals, or at any form of social function. Visiting a friend is a social function, as is a party or a dance. Sports events are social functions. The impression, one must assume, is that drinking is normal. To get drunk on occasion is perfectly understandable. . . The prevalent attitude that no party is a success unless there is alcohol served is the essence of the drinking problem.

The symptom that social drinkers have in common with alcoholics is that of being dishonest with themselves, and...

-- L. W. Parratt, MD