From the July 1976 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

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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.

A chemical substance, tasteless, innocuous--an isomer of disulfiram [Antabuse], for Instance--could be added to the water supply or to the alcoholic beverage itself that would have no effect on the individual with blood alcohol levels up to 100 mg% or any arbitrary level. Blood levels above this concentration of the substance would produce unpleasant symptoms within the individual. This method would have obvious benefits: It is simple, relatively cheap; it would end alcoholism as a major health problem, for few would ingest more alcohol in face of Increasingly severe physiologic symptoms. Secondly, as ingestion of alcohol is continued at lower levels, one's tolerance to its effects increases, so that the individual looking for a specific physiologic or psychologic effect will find that he can no longer obtain it at previously adequate blood levels, and as he is prohibited from ingesting more he therefore would torn away from alcohol as an answer to coping with his problems.

-- George A. Gross, DO

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