From the January 1978 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Source of a Stereotype?

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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 agreement with this view of the problem drinker. The stereotype of the alcoholic as a skid-row-like derelict permeated society: people accepted it as real, and commonly associated alcoholics with the image. In helping to foster this stereotype, then, temperance fiction performed well.

-- Mark Edward Lender, Karen R. Karnch

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