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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 28, 1974 Due to increased affluence, changing lifestyles Alcoholism in women increasing By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Women's liberation has ex- tended to boozing Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission caseworkers think women are almost as good as men at the time honored activity of bending the elbow Unfor- tunately women s equality in inebriation frequency is something the average family can well do without Alcoholism in women is cer- tainly on the increase, says Sherry Grady, a counsellor with the Lethbndge branch of AADAC due to increased affluence and changing lifestyles "One person out of every 4 5 alcoholics is a says AADAC Lethbndge director Norm Cowie, citing recent statistics "But we in the field feel the ratio is much closer to one to one A few years ago, women alcoholics were much rarer the ratio of women to men with drinking problems was one to 10 Mr Cowie and Ms Grady agree that although society has changed to the point where drinking is a part of almost every social function and women are free to par- ticipate, a double standard still exists if a woman's drink- ing becomes habitual 'Society is not very kind to women says Mr Cowie "The prevailing opi- nion is that women who drink are of a lower quality and moral fibre than men who drink Ms Grady agrees, saying people who see a man "smashed' at a party com- ment upon it with good humor or even a touch of respect But if a woman is drunk, she im- mediately 15. regarded as a floozy "If a man can drink heavily and 'hold his liquor', that's considered an admirable masculine trait Nobody thinks it s very admirable if a woman does the same she adds More women are drinking and more women are drinking more, adds Mr Cowie He says that AADAC statistics may also reflect society's increased awareness of al- coholism as a problem More people may know about what options are open to them and have additional information on which to act and seek help, he suggests "It cuts across all social and economical Ms Grady. savs of alcoholism "It appears that drinking in women is also becoming a problem at an earlier age She quotes data indicating alcoholism problems once became apparent in women between the ages 45-55 Now the age has been lowered to 35-45 and, in increasing numbers of cases, 25-35 Women are prone to what AADAC terms "dual addic- tions" use of drugs such as tranquillizers as well as alcohol Mr Cowie says his organization has very great concern over females' misuse and abuse of tranquillizers and barbituates Such says Ms Grady, are socially acceptable because they're usually doctor prescribed, easy to carry and leave no tell tale odor It hardly needs to be said that alcoholism can do heart rending, mind twisting things to a family Ms Grady says although there are no concrete statistics to indicate it, she expects it is harder on a family to have an alcoholic mother than an alcoholic father "Especially if the mother does not work outside the home she adds "Then she is in a position to influence her children more than the work- ing mother who is homes less of the day The drinking double stan- dard extends to husband wife relationships, Ms Grady points out "More men will leave alcoholic wives than women will leave alcoholic she says "Wives, especially if the husband is the family's sole support, seem more inclined to stay on with an alcoholic mate "A housewife could sip all day, with no one being any the wiser says Ms Grady That old joke about starting on the cooking sherry is no joke at all It has quite tragic roots in fact What can alcoholism do to a family9 Ms Grady sighs "Whether the drinker is a man or a woman, alcoholism breaks down all communica- tion between husbands and wives, parents and children Everyone is pretending nothing is wrong Alcoholism tends to magnify family problems Not to confront an alcoholic problem honestly is a cop out. she says And ignoring the problem is short sighted indeed since it is estimated the average alcoholic directly affects about six to 10 people The skid row alcoholic is only three to five per cent of the drinking population Preventive education on alcoholism desired Holders of winning tickets on the LETHBRIDGE ORDER OFTHE ROYAL PURPLE Money Doll Raffle are as follows First Doll M Sultz Lethbndge Alberta Second Doll M-s Joyce Shackleton Lethbndge Alberta Door prize was won by Mrs Emma Hackett Toy Tractor J Patterson Family Game Rene Baldwin Toy Tea Set Inez Bogner Fruit Cake J Wesley Floral centre piece Margeunte Haynes We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who participated for making the raffle and Christmas tea and bazaar a success If the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission had its way, alcohol education wou'd be a mandatory part of every school's curriculum Alcohol education' Most definitely, says AADAC s Lethbndge director Norm Cowie "We mean preventive education of an on go- ing nature, which begins as early as grade five or six and stresses responsible approaches to alcohol consumption "We don't want to draw undue attention to alcoholism or make it seem spectacular by featuring a sensational film once a emphasizes Mr Cowie "We're talking about a continuous campaign to change students' attitudes towards drinking, to avoid alcoholic problems rather trying to salvage a life once addiction has developed He said AADAC is currently investigating the feasibility of such a course with the department of education "We've got to have a big budget for media says Mr Cowie, "to provide alternate information to breweries' commer cials If we want to educate the public we must have as much money as groups like Par- he adds "If the money made from the sale and taxa- tion of alcohol was balanced against the social ills created by irresponsible drinking, for which the citizen pays in the form of increased support for medical and social welfare programs you would probably find sale of alcohol is really not all that big a money maker for governments Alcoholism counselling is not really a happy field of work, comments Ms Grady, observing that alcoholism is "not a happy dis- ease When I speak to parent's groups and tell them the burden is on them, they don't like it very much, she adds "But if mom and dad come in drunk every Saturday night, children will just naturally assume that's the only way to behave 'Unless society is willing to rethink the whole issue and change the way alcohol is used, our children won't be able to handle it Ms Grady says adds Mr Cowie, "the public will have to dig deeper and deeper into its pockets to pay for the results of alcohol misuse BINGO SCANDINAVIAN HALL 22912th St. 'C' N. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29 8 P.M. DOORS OPEN AT 7 P.M. NEW GAME IN 51 NUMBERS 5 CARDS FOR POT OF GOLD Single Winner Pint 12 Receive SOc GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE EACH 00 DOOR PRIZES 36 FREE CARDS S DRAWS FOR NEXT WEEK So ry Vo ore undf 16 years of age allowed New policy on photos The Herald wishes to inform its readers that wed- ding, anniversary and engagement photos will no longer be mailed back to customers Anyone wishing to reclaim their photograph after it has been published in The Herald must pick up same from the family department within one week of the date it appeared in the paper Those photos not claimed within seven days of publication will be destroyed _ Have a weekend away -our way V 5! Four Hotel A i A 1 to ht S, 1 v. OT 3 J T t i plan accommodation Fnfitof or SalurOty night YOWT Town mcluOw color cable TV Sfgii jrmJ luxurious furnishings JQT Two the vtagvnt Trydcrr Dining r lo tn Mouse 7 1 TTK -N" c3Tl vyUTTJTl "H 3 i 3 i 1 r j in -j Ti-vrful Ah rip tvrth rr --.it ri IT J- "i ,1 fine P Plf 'Jt.Tl t-h pt, 1 frf f i K r 1 v uf-t Ut i. Vou flint- "3 i1 an J f Jlf S31 p. T T i-i J jHp n PIMM K n. f1 II 1! i ill ll r Call us for a Free Quotation DURACLEAN RUG UPHOSTERY CLEANERS WILSON DONALDSON 1404-11 Ave S Phone 328-5886, 328-7605 'I 'in MUCH TO SOCIETY'S SURPRISE, THE WOMAN ALCOHOLIC IS THE 'GIRL NEXT DOOR' -The Herald Family Lang accused of pushing own views on abortion Letters to MP way to stress aerosol danger Pssst1 Want to draw attention to a situation that s potential- ly too serious to remain a 'secret'7 The Women's Place is making it easier for Lethbndge citizens to protest atmospheric dangers inherent in the use of freon propellant in aerosol cans The Women s Place has reprinted a letter by Lethbndge resident Susan Oughtred, drawing attention to the connection between increased use of the inert gas freon and a depletion in the protective ozone layer surrounding the earth Copies of the letter are available free of charge Citizens worried about the 'freon connection' are urged to write to consumer groups, government officials and especially Lethbndge MP Ken Hurlburt WP Co ordmator Dianne Paynton says the centre has also printed copies of an article written Ms Oughtred discussing research showing that freon s depletion of ozone may eventual- Iv lead to climatic changes and cancerous effects from ultra violet rays "The letters and the explanatory article are available to anvone who s interested says Ms Paynton "We are quite willing to print an additional supph if response so warrants Ms Oughtred savs she was spurred to action bv recent research on the subject and by realization of the proliferation of cans on the market "More and more products seem to come in spray cans." says Ms Oughtred "With some substances there is no alter- native but spray cans She cites items such as whipped toppings furniture polishes, window cleaners and anti perspirants as products most commonly packaged in aerosol containers Ms Oughtred hopes mam people who might not take the time to write a per- sonal letter will pick up sign and mail one of the form letters as a means of expressing their concern She quotes York University professor Dr Harold Schiff who savs the strongest action a citizen can take right now is to urge his or her MP to support funding to investigate the effects of freon on the atmosphere Ms Oughtred savs such a letter writing campaign can be effective as the government considers everv letter as the opi- nion of 20.000 Trim, Compact Zenith Eyeglass Hearing Aid MaVe Itie right decision now -md try rclnblc Zenilh Carlyle rnd no obliqdHon i1 within 10 days afler you dtcn t rnmplcldy lied you return iho did mmry except for the rnst i jin old mil fc d 'of al' niaHs o< hiring JiirK OTTAWA (CP) Justice Minister Otto lang is refusing to make public a letter in which he warned Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner to be careful about granting funds to a women s group that provides abortion counselling Stuart Leggatt Westminster) asked in the Commons this week for a copy of the letter to be tabled, but Mr Lang refused He also sidestepped a request to make public any evidence that the Saskatoon Women's Centre is doing anything illegal In the letter to Mr Faulk- copy was obtained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp Lang said the centre may be breaking the law by offering abortion ad- vice He warned against giving federal funds to such a group, but the centre eventually received The justice minister, a Ro- man Catholic father of seven who has been accused by the Opposition of promoting his personal views on abortion, has said in the past that he has had trouble persuading his provincial attorneys-general to prosecute hospital abortion committees He has said he has asked at- torneys-general to enforce the Criminal Code's abortion provisions, which say that an abortion is permissible if con- tinued pregnancy threaten's the mother s life or health But Mr Lang has long said that some committees are breaking the law by granting abortions for purely social or economic reasons Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a m to 5 p m Saturday from 1 to 5 p m Next Week- Monday Keep fit 10 a m French 1 30 p m Tuesday. Singing 10 a m Dancing 2pm Wednesday. Films 2pm (Shown by the Lethbndge Public Library) Thursday: Bridge tourna- ment 1 30 p m (cash prizes) Friday. Creative decorations 1 30 p m Noteworthy: The centre s Christmas par- ty will be held at 6 30 p m Dec 19 Tickets for the ban- quet can be obtained at the centre There will be a premier showing of the film Songs and Stories of Yesterday made by a local photographer with local artists at 1 30 p m Dec 12 The Golden Mile Singers Carol Festival will be held at 2 pm Dec 14 First United Church Junior Choir will be guest singers Everyone w elcome DON'T LSE STEEL-WOOL Never scour a teflon-coated saucepan or baking dish with steel-wool pads or abrasive LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. F A LEISTER, Aid AutHologiKt 'f ipinq 1hc h jfi hrar ng Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 715-4th Avenue S 327-2272 SMART CLASSIC SWEATERS We have a complete slock o? imported and domeslsc sweaters Choose from sleeveless and long sleeve shells, pullovers, car- digans bulkys Shop early for best selection Primrose Shop 613 4th Ave. S. Phone 327-2244 Open Thursday and Friday till 9 p.m. with a Flair ;