From the May 1981 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Anonymity Breeds Honesty

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.

If it were possible to get several hundred people together in a room and ask them about their drug and alcohol use, most would understate or deny any addictive behavior.

But if those same people could answer the questions anonymously--by pushing buttons attached to their home television sets, say--what would happen then?

Dr. Lawrence J. Hatterer, a psychiatrist with the New...

-- Dava Sobel