From the September 1976 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

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An alcoholic is usually an ordinary person who, after years of social drinking, develops a disease which robs him of the ability to break down or metabolize or digest alcohol in a normal manner. A major breakthrough occurred just this year, when a leading liver specialist and researcher, Dr. Charles Lieber of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, showed that alcoholics do not metabolize alcohol in the normal manner as compared to social drinkers. This proved once and for all that alcoholism is a disease and not a moral weakness. Alcoholism has nothing to do with morality, any more than diabetes or heart disease does. Alcoholism is a disease with definite criteria, characteristics, signs, and symptoms.

-- Nicholas A. Pace, MD

Denver, Colorado

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