From the March 1975 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

One Doctor's Approach

Many of these items are contrary to AA philosophy. Their publication here does not mean that the Grapevine endorses or approves them; they are offered solely for your information.

I oppose the concept of alcoholism as an illness. An illness must have a physical and biological basis, perhaps hereditary linkage involving genetic defect, enzymatic faults, or specific pathophysiologic or chemical abnormalities.

When an alcoholic comes to me for treatment, my energies are devoted primarily to getting him to stop drinking, rather than determining why he...

-- Paul E. Kaunitz, MD