AA's attempt to get the Gov't Invovled.
Paragraph; The Lunacy of Alcoholism
Perhaps a little more should be said about the obsessional character of alcoholism. When our fellowship was about three years old some of us called on Dr. Lawrence Kolb, then assistant surgeon general of the United States. He said that our report of progress had given him his first hope for alcoholics in general. Not long before, the U.S. Public Health Department had thought of trying to do something about the alcoholic situation. But after a careful survey of the obsessional character of our malady, this had been given up. Indeed, Dr. Kolb felt that dope addicts had a better chance. Accordingly the government had built a hospital for their treatment at Lexington, Kentucky. But for alcoholics - well, there simply wasn’t any use at all, so he thought.
Even the US Govt would not touch the advance scientific study for alcoholics. My guess this was a polictical football for anyone wanting to touch it. To much money was involved, alcohol was legal, drugs were not. Alcohol was considered sociably acceptable drugs were dirty. You gave a drunk a ride home in the 1930's and you left the opiate user where he was.
"Nevertheless, many people still go on insisting that the alcoholic is not a sick man—he is simply weak or willful, and sinful. Even today we often hear the remark "That drunk could get well if he wanted to."
Is it a coincidence or what? The members here on OPF say the same exact thing to the alcoholic today.
Oh, you're right w/o the "sinful" part.
This treatment facility in Lexington Kentucky was called; US Narcotic Farm http://www.asylumprojects.org/index.php?title=U.S._Narcotics_Farm
The atrocities that went on in this facility are legendarily among the survivors of treatment survivors. The Gov't, Military, CIA and Professors from leading universities used patients sent here as lab rats. For all kind of studies.