From the January 1978 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Source of a Stereotype?

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.

The literary image of alcoholics was constant during the decades of American temperance agitation (1870's to early 1900's). The reading public had few opportunities to see the drunkard in anything but a highly negative light; and the long popularity of the Temperance Tales (as well as the presence of similar descriptions of alcoholics in nontemperance literature) attested to the public's...

-- Mark Edward Lender, Karen R. Karnch