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4A--The ~ Ne~, Thmlday, April t), IN1 o coun ,. 'f By FRANK CHAPPELL There is no accurate count of the number of alcoholics in the United States. Estimates range from l0 to 12 million. Although it is not known with certain- ty whether the incidence of alcoholism is increasing or decreasing, most in- dicators show that it is rising, A pamphlet from the American Medical Association points out that an estimated 10 million people have a significant and recent alcohol-related problem during their lifetime. Close to one million people are receiving help for alcoholism at the present time. Alcoholism seems greater in large cities than in smaller towns and rural communities, but differences are not great. Although alcoholism is more prevalent amongnen than women, an increasing numbe/" Of studies show that beCause femate akoholics tend to be more shielded; the actual difference between the sexes may be much smaller than commonly believed. The number of known women alcoholics has doubled since World War I1. No one can doubt the serious medical, social and economic consequences of alcoholism. The cost to the nation has been estimated to be $25 billion a year III r I nun I! i [ lj )IJUL ,,,, , due to absenteeism, health and welfare services, property damage and medical expenses. Alcohol is a factor in about half of the automobile crashes in which there was a death, and is a serious factor among adult pedestrians who are killed. Major industrial firms have established that the alocholic employee is absent from- work more days per year than the nonalcoholic, and can expect to die sooner. Alcoholics can be treated, but their illness is on-going or chronic. Control short of cure is acceptable. Although total abstinence is a desirable aim, im- provements in social or occupational adjustments may be far better guides in determining whether a treatment ef- fort is succeeding. The alcoholic who suffers a tem- porary relaspe during treatment is no more a failure than the diabetic who occasionally strays from his diet. The primary goal of treatment is to help the alcoholic discover more effective ways than drinking to deal with the stresses of living. "Wonders are many, and none is more wonderful than man." Sophocles ROYALL INSURANCE AGENCY HOME-COMMERCIAL-AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE Representing; Employers Casualty, Employers National, Motor Insurance Corp. 489-0520 Barnett Malakoff 510 W. Royall Blvd. ,r. +,, M M -+-- ii ,, /i,' / .,, ~: 3li %