About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

A Growing Problem

Alcoholism, long viewed as essentially a moral issue, is now increasingly being approached as a health problem requiring the combined skills of medicine, psychiatry, and sociology. The number of alcoholics is estimated at 6.5 million. There were nearly 11,000 deaths attributed to alcoholic disorders in the U.S. in 1964. Almost three-fourths of these deaths were reported due to cirrhosis of the liver with alcoholism. (Source: Statistical Bulletin, Vol. 48, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.)