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Alcoholism: Is It a Disease?

September 29, 1985

I applaud Money's letter, saying alcoholism is the ultimate effect of a series of purposive decisions, not a disease.

To say alcoholism is a disease is like saying overeating is a disease that the individual is powerless to control. What happened to the idea that people ought to control their impulses? It's time we return to self-discipline.

FRANK P. BURTON

Santa Monica

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