From the May 1974 magazine.

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The Drug of Choice

America seems sleepily nonchalant about its most dangerous drug. Many don't even know that alcohol is a drug. A survey by the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse showed that only 39% of the adult population and 34% of the youth population properly put alcohol in a drug classification.

Dr. Morris E. Chafetz, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, [said]: "While we agonize over the possibility that our children might join the ranks of the nation's quarter of a million hard-drug addicts, we pay scant attention to the possibility that they stand a far better chance of joining the nation's nine million alcoholic and problem drinkers. Nonalcoholic drugs are somehow foreign and frightening, because their use, except as medicine, is not yet accepted as part of the mainstream of American culture. Alcohol, on the other hand, is so common a drug that we tend to ignore it--and its victims--as we have done for far too long."

-- Editorial

Washington, District of Columbia

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