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Mrs. C. is a woman of breeding, education and social standing in New Orleans. She is also a recovered alcoholic who hasn't taken a drink in 13 years. Her husband and grown children are inordinately proud of her. But it was a different, and tragic, story during the long years she drank to excess. In that dark period, neither Mrs. C. nor her family were aware that her affliction was a disease—not a failure of character. Alcoholism today has several thousand women of the New Orleans area in its deadly grip. Most of them also, are unaware they are victims of an ailment from which they can recover to lead normal, useful lives. Mrs. C. doesn't remember how or when she crossed the borderline from a social drinker into an alcoholic. Everybody in her circle as a young married woman drank, more or less as a matter of course. And her friends were scarcely different in this respect from groups at every economic level in New Orleans. It's easy to get a drink here, and nobody objects. Many . other U.S. communities frown on unrestricted drinking, enforcing regulations which put obstacles in the path of the thirsty. • -* •■ . ♦ "I DON'T KNOW WHEN I started to become an alcoholic," Mrs. C. told The States-Item. "I just found that I was getting drunk when I really didn't want to. lll found to my horror that I couldn't remember what I had done the night before, whom I may have insulted, or even precisely where I'd been. "I began to worry about it. I tried to figure out which drink it was that got me drunk, but I couldn't find this out. "I finally decided that I just wouldn't let people see how much I drank, and started carrying a bottle with me to parties in my evening bag." This dodge is common among incipi--ent women alcoholics, Mrs. C. said. Their men folks can't understand how they get loaded with only the two or three drinks they imbibe in company. PHOTO: A PROFESSIONAL STAFF conference with this woman "patient" at Southeast Louisiana hospital's alcoholic treatment unit brings together, from left, staff psychologist DR. ALLAN LONG; social worker ROBERT PERKINS, the REV, BLUEMEL CANISSIUS, O.S.B., Catholic chaplain; hospital superintendent DR. JAMES —States-Item photo. E. FORSYTH; psychiatric aide MRS. FRANKE SUMRALL; nurse NORMA MATHIS, and DR, JOHN CHAISSON, medical director of the unit. The unit operates in conjunction with the new Clinic for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Alcoholism in New Orleans,
|Title||Husband, children proud of her; Alcoholism therapy leads Mrs. C. to happy life|
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Kelso, Robert N.
Long, Alan, Dr.
|Call Number||1961 p77-79|
New Orleans States-Item
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New Orleans (La.)
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