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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 1O THS LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuwdoy, July 24, 1973 Alcohol withdrawal program could reduce city drunk problem By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge needs a door- stopper to halt its revolving door. The revolving door syn- drome of 5th Street 5th Street S. jail court- jail for drunks in the city could be stopped or at least the flow of traffic through the door could be reduced if a total alcohol withdrawal program was activated. During The Herald's study of the 5th Street S. drunk problem a few suggestions were made by concerned people on how the drunk problem could be reduced in proportion, but none appear- ed to have the immediate or mass appeal necessary to convince civic and provin- cial governments to loosen the purse strings. The alcohol withdrawal program would begin to show positive results shortly after it was initiated and it wouM be capable of reaching problem drinkers on a mass scale, if the success of simi- lar programs in Ontario is a basis to project the effective- ness of it in Lethbridge. The alcohol withdrawal program involves two to four steps of recovery, depending on the severity of the drink- er's problem, according to the Alcohol Research Foun- dation of Toronto. The first step is immediate medical treat ment for drunks who need it in an ac- tive hospital. At the present time hospi- tals are not only trying to care for the severely ill alco- holic, but they're also treat- ing many drunks who would be mentally better