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May 1956

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.

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