From the May 1974 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Controlled Drinking? Why?

As this department noted in the March issue, The Journal (monthly newspaper of the Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario) has been running material on the controversy over the "incurable disease" concept of alcoholism. In a letter supporting this concept, Robert C. Hickle (Office of Social Counseling, Milwaukee Pacific Railroad Company, Milwaukee, Wis.) said, in part:

"Those who have returned to controlled drinking are so few as to have no statistical significance as compared with those who have tried to follow this route and have failed. We have spontaneous remissions of cancer, too, but I know of no surgeon who recommends to his patient that he avoid the unpleasantness and pain of treatment in hopes that remission may occur.

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