Behavior: The Price of Alcoholism: Five Case Histories

No one is a typical alcoholic, and the only thing all alcoholics have in common is their addiction. That fact was re-emphasized by the reports of TIME correspondents who interviewed many of them across the U.S. and Canada, including the following:

JOE, 52, an Atlanta stockbroker, began his career as an alcoholic at 15 when he went camping with his brothers. One of the boys opened a bottle of wine, and Joe instantly discovered his weakness. "That night was it for me," he says. "I went looking for a drink in the morning, and I...

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