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December 1956

Helping Hands

Activities and developments outside AA in the field of alcoholism. . .suggestions and possible contributions--information, clippings, marked publications, etc.--are invited. Please mark them "Helping Hands.

ALCOHOL MAKES LAME BRAINS: At AA meetings, one often hears the expression, "we're all here because we're not all there." A prominent scientist--Dr. Frederick Lemere of the University of Washington School of Medicine at Seattle--has just concluded a study which tends to support that crack. Dr. Lemere says that "brain damage from alcoholism is not only more common than is supposed, but it also explains to a large extent the permanent loss of control over drinking common among alcoholics." The loss of brain cells can be detected only in extreme cases, he finds, but it is likely that there is some degree of loss in many heavy drinkers. "Brain cells once lost are never replaced," he says. But the alcoholic who stops drinking in time will still be able to function normally.

WHAT IS SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT? "We might consider treatment (for alcoholism) successful when a patient has developed his inner resources to a degree that he can adjust to the realities of his environment in a personally satisfying and socially acceptable manner."--S. K. Procter, Executive Director, North Carolina Alcoholic Rehabilitation Program.

NEW CLINIC FOE ALCOHOLICS: A group of New Orleanians has announced plans for a new non-profit clinic for alcoholics, along with a rehabilitation program that would include medicine, psychiatry, psychology, religion and Alcoholics Anonymous. The organizers hope to collect $100,000 largely from business and industrial firms in the Greater New Orleans area and will call their organization the Matt Talbot Fellowship, Inc.

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