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A brand-new understanding of alcoholism.

In 1941, the Post became the first national magazine to tell Americans about Alcoholics Anonymous. We interviewed AA's founder William Griffith Wilson, known in the program as "Bill W.," who presented the then-shocking idea that alcoholism could not be cured simply by cleaning out the Liquor cabinet: "There is ... no such thing as an ex-alcoholic. If one is an alcoholic ... one remains an alcoholic until he dies... The best he can hope for is to become an arrested case." In 1950, a follow-up article reported that the program had grown to 3,000 groups with 90,000 members: "To anyone who has ever been a drunk or who has had to endure the alcoholic cruelties of a drunk ... 90,000 alcoholics reconverted into working citizens represent a massive dose of pure gain."


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Title Annotation:WE WERE THERE FIRST
Author:Nilsson, Jeff
Publication:Saturday Evening Post
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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