Medicine: Billion-Dollar Hangover

Alcoholism costs U.S. industry about $1 billion a year in lost time and inefficient work. A group of Chicago doctors and businessmen got together to discuss and do something about this fact: they formed the Chicago Committee on Alcoholism and picked as president the University of Chicago's famed physiologist, Dr. Anton J. Carlson.

Last week, in the former nightclub room of the Morrison Hotel, the committee held the nation's first industrial conference on alcoholism. Businessmen, doctors, welfare workers and labor leaders stated their views. Highlights:

¶ The things that drive a man to drink—...

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