From the May 1956 magazine.

Alcoholic Peril Found in Drugs

Some Tranquilizing Therapy May be Habit-Forming, Physicians Tell Parley

THE new so-called non-habit-forming tranquilizing drugs were the target of warning comments by physicians participating in the eleventh annual meeting of the National Committee on Alcoholism in New York City March 29-31. "Extreme caution" was urged, "pending further investigation of the habit-forming properties of some of them." Dr. Harold Lovell, president of the committee, emphasized the danger of drugs being used as a substitute for alcohol, and cited an example of an alcoholic who had taken progressively greater quantities of chlorpromazine and eventually required hospitalization for treatment of the effects of the drug.

Although alcoholics in the acute phase of the disease are said to be more easily handled with the newer drugs, patients occasionally continue to use them as a "crutch," it was noted, and "alcoholics might become addicted."

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