MANNERS & MORALS: Life with Father (Who Drinks)


The slight, freckle-faced girl, aged 15, her cheeks reddening with embarrassment, swallowed and asked quietly: "What if someone comes home, and he starts tearing things up and kicking you around? What do you do?" Her thinly veiled hypothetical question, raised last week at a meeting in the basement of a Fort Worth church, was a stranger's standard approach. But to the 14 other teen-agers on hand it proved conclusively that the shy questioner shared with them a familiar and shattering problem: alcoholic parents.

The small Fort Worth group, which has been...

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