From the August 1979 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Blurring the Focus

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.

One of the most serious public health problems plaguing our country today is a specific disease entity--alcoholism.

One of the most serious communications problems plaguing the alcoholism field today is the persistent use of the term "alcohol abuse" in connection with this disease. It is most damaging when a text uses "alcoholism" and "alcohol abuse" synonymously.

The obvious...

-- R. Keith Simpson, DO, D.P.H.