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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The Letbbrtdge Herald THIRD SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, March 15, 1972 PAGES 33-46 Ifs the killer disease Alcoholism gravest em METAL MOTHER The classical artistry of mother and child receives new impetus with this design by Ray Gualbarto of Toronto who used kitchen ladles, mixing bowls, and pols and pans to porlray an old theme. The work is on display at the annual con- vention of restaurant and institution suppliers in Montreal this week. Canadian figure down, OTTAWA (CP) export performance Canada's last year lagged behind both the growth of worltl trade generally and ihe expansion of exports from the J4 leading industrial countries of the world as a group, interna- tional statistics show. The March financial statisti- cal review of the International Monetary Fund also shows that Canadian export prices have risen faster since I9G3 than those of any other industrial ex- porting country. World trade last year exclu- sive of the Communist bloc countries including mainland China, North Korea, North Viet- nam and 5331 billion in United States dollars, an increase of If per tent over 1970 and the first time ihe fig- ure exceeded S300 billion. The 11 industrial countries had combined exports of S232.4 billion, up 11.7 per cent from 1970. Canadian exports totailed billion, up nine per cent. By comparison, Japan last year recorded a 25-per-cent growth in exports, and the Neth- erlands, 18 per cent. Other growth rates included IS per cent for tiie United Kingdom and Trance, and 14 per cent for Germany and Italy. UP TWO PER CENT Switzerland, Austria, Den- mark and Sweden all exceeded Canada's nine per cent. Coun- tries falling behind Canada's rate of advance were Belgium, five per cent, Norway, four per cent, and the United States, two per cent. The IMP1 statistics also show that, generally, the countries with the least inflation in their export prices have shown the By CHARLES FOIJiY Observer Service LOS ANGELES A deter- mined new attempt is under way in tho western United Stales to combat alcoholism, which is described by the de- partment of health, education and welfare as "a kiiler di- and the nation's bigcst health problem. Alocholics in the United States, acording lo the latest research, outnumber other drug-ndicts by CO to ono. But is alcohol to be fairly de- scribed as a drug, or alcohol- ism as a disease? "Unquestion- ably, says Dr. Moris E. Chnf- et, Head ot the National In- stitute on Alcohol Abuse, al- though most Americans refuse to recognie the fact because o! the social aceptability of drink. Alcohol related problems kill A m e r i cans annually, while driuiken drivers are re- sponsible for another deaths each year; which means that every two years moro Americans are killed on (ho loads through alcohol than have died in the entire Vietnam con- flict. Tho West coast, traditionally the last resort for those in flight from themselves or others, is the worst-hit area. Calif o r n i a leads the ration both in alcohol- ism and alcohol consumption. Californians drink more beer, wine (2.2 gallons per capita as against the national average oJ 0.9B) and spirits. The drinker: of the Golden State consume an annual 0.3 million gallons vodka, compared with New York's 1.7 million. Los Angeles vies with San Francisco for the melancholy distinction of possesing the country's highest alcoholism rate, and up the coast in Se- attle and suroundings then arc an estimated prob lem drinkers some GO pel cent of the total in the stale o Washington. STAGGERING COST The cost of all this, in term of injuries, property damag and welfare bills, is slagRerin something like mi lion, says Dr. Chalet. Lo Angeles taxpayers alone, a cording to the city's Alcoholisn Council, pay million each yeart o fight alcoholism. "Wo have about victims of tho disease in Los Angeles says Dr. James Davi- son, the Council's director. Plans and programs to com- hat the problem arc growing, both in number and succes; there is, however, little cor- best growth in total exports. In the third quarter of 1071, Japa- nese export prices only 12 per cent higher than in 19G3, while Canada's prices were 27 per cent higher. Dutch prices were up 15 per ceni. lanning new NEW YORK CAP) Sources close to author Clifford Irving say he is writing another ono about his role in the Howard Hughes auto- biography lioax. Proceeds frcm sale of tlic boak would gs fcnvard repaying the duped publisher, McGraw- Hill, Inc., the il is seok- ing in restitution for advances We toasted tJic fcriVfc? in Cameo Sparkling Red JFinc... Jlcmttiful Jicaittijitliaste. Lively sparkle! s quickly as possible, by court rder and under medical super- sion. The ASAP aims [o have of these schemes going cross the country. On the home front, doctors ay that the employer is better >le to help the alcoholic than pouse, children or pleading lends, for most of them are nclloning, after a fashion, in lerant U.S. society. A threat their paycherjue is a threat t their drinking. IG INCREASE It has long been thought that laic alcholics outnumbered f.e- nales. Old statistics put ihu at four to one. But tho 'ational Council on Alcoholism says (hat there are now almost as many women with drinking problems as men. The house- wife, the bank president and [he hum are united in the free- masonry of alcoholism; a n i! somehow they keep on at their jobs until they either admit their sickness or suffer brain damage, or die of cirrhosis of the liver. Alcoholics are also more prone to heart and pul- monary troubles. "It's one of the few diseases that may affect also every area of the says Dr. Smith. "And neither Shadcl, nor A A, nor any other organization can make an alcoholic back into a social drinker. The only way out is through total absti- nence." With 00 million "social drink- ers" in liie United States, al- cohol is inevitably a major in- dustry and an important soiirco of tax revenues. Can so power- ful an economic force ever ho fought efficiently? Or are tho vast majority cf the country's nine million alcoholics fated to live unaided with their di- sease? A slart lias been made with President Nixon's proposed Million "assault' on the problem. It sounds a respec- table figure, until one realises that the federal government gathers in about 120 times that 1 the nation. sum in alcohol taxes roughly mi [lion annually. Bus i noses a n ri insurance companies are taking a more enlightened view of the prob- lem, in these socially con- scious times, and some arc playing an active role in tho nation's ASA programs, financ- ing advertising warning about the drunk driver syndrome, and so on. Yet it seems that until U.S. society finally art- in its the size of the trouble and the public demands a national scheme of care and intensive research into its causes anil cure, alcoholism will remain the gravest health problem in the puhlic and private cies, hospitals, mission, expenses it paid, the sources said. Much of Ihe total is rcpcried to be intact. Irving hopes to complete the new manuscript by June 15, the day before he, his wife Edith and researcher Richard Suskicid are to be sentenced in the case, it was said. One source close lo the Irv- ings said there have been many inquiries from publishers about th? beak but no final sale yet. The Irvings pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges were pi seel by to plead guilty in state Supreme Court to charges of grand larceny and conspiracy. Irving, 41, and Edith, 3fi, each could face, between the federal and state charges, n maximum of is years in prison ami in finr.5. Suskind, who was named a ocoiispirntor but not a defendant in the federal in- dictment, could face up to eight years in prison and a fine. Federal mail fraud charges against the Irvings were dropped, as were state counts of Ic.rcency, conspiracy and pos- session of stolen documents against all throe and of perjury against Irving and Stiskind. In the court proceedings, tho government said it had traced the McGraw-Hill gave Irving, including a au- thor's advance and in three cheques for relay to Hughes, to various banks and brokerage houses in Switzerland and the United States. Nearly all of the was said to be intact and probably will be returned to the publisher sentencing, Uic New York Daily News reported today. dination or coperation between agen- treat- ment centres and temperance groups which attempt to deal with it. And although many Americans are angered by por- nography in the mail, by mari- juana smoking students and suchlike the vast problem of alcohol has few people woricci. DRUG 1VARMNG High school students are being warned constantly against the dangers of against alochol they hear no word. Police regularly cary out what they know to be illegal searches to catch the mari- juana smoker; but both police and courts are apathetic over the drinking driver. A study was inade of a group of Californian drivers who had killed someone under the influence of alcohol. It w as found that only one-fourth had received felony convictions for drunk driving; ancj less than five per cent were jailed. Of the groups which are try- ing to attack the problem, Al- cholics Anonymous is the host known. It runs some !H> meet- ings a week in cities like Se- attle or Sail Francisco atid tons of thousands find help and en- couragement here in what .one organicr calls "the minute by minute struggle for There arc about local AA groups across the country, and thousands more related organ- isations like Al-Anon and Ala- teen, which folow AA'.s 12-stcp program and hold Ihe same confcsional gatherings, Jn Seattle Dr. James Smith's Shadcl Hospital has become tho nation's most famous treat- ment centre. It is run like a first-clos hotel, and Uic full course costs which many complain is to high. Dr. Smith replies: "It's whan an alcoholic can spend on booe in six months.1' The treatment in- volves sodium pentathol in- duced sleep, and the use of emetics in aversion therapy. Paily doses of a drug called An [abuse, which causes sudden and violent vomiting if a drink is taken, are also the stock in trade of the Alcohol Safety Ac- lion Program. This scheme, backed by the department ot transportation, does not pre- tend to cure the alcoholic: it is designed merely lo get him off the road and on to the emetic Jordans Jordans bring the joy of Spring into your home with bright and beautiful 'Fashion Leader Carpets" (T.M.) at remarkably low, low prices for this week only! SPRING BROAD For those with more flair than funds This is your moment for... INCREDIBLE SAVINGS Ifs a Gay Colorful Time of Year! Shades ancf hues change with the season, fn every "Fashion Leader" Line we have one or two colors we must discontinue to make room for the new. Hurry, Now Dress Up for Spring. You'll find ihe Carpet that's just for you to please your taste and your budget. NO DOWN PAYMENT! 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