Medicine: Problem Drinking

The U.S. may as well get used to the idea of more & more alcoholics. Now that people are living longer, the statistical curve of alcoholism is going on up with the curves of cancer and heart disease. This is the warning of an eye-opening book, The Problem Drinker (Duell, Sloan & Pearce; $3), published this week.

Author Joseph Hirsh points out that in the past 100 years the amount of alcohol (not alcoholic beverages) consumed has gone up only .02%; more beer and less whiskey is being drunk today. But the point is that...

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