Medicine: Booze for Alcoholics?

Doctors, social workers and psychologists have generally agreed that for alcoholics the only road to recovery and a sober life is total abstinence. In fact, Alcoholics Anonymous, which has an excellent record of rehabilitating heavy drinkers, defines an alcoholic as a person who can never drink again. Last week that abstinence concept was boldly challenged by three social scientists from one of the nation's best-known think tanks, the Rand Corp. In a report to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (N.I.A.A.A.), David Armor, J. Michael Polich and Harriet Stambul claimed that many former alcoholics can begin drinking in moderation...