CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 14, 1983
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(Studio) Benjamin Rush, signer of Declaration of Independence, recalled issuing first formal study of alcoholism.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(NYC) Alcoholics' effort to overcome affliction, include various treatment methods, examined. [ALCOHOLICS - discuss drinking on the job.] [Lockheed program PARTICIPANT - comments on situation.] [Consultant Bette Ann WEINSTEIN - notes effectiveness of work contingency with male alcoholics forced into treatment by company] "Fortune 500" survey of executives concerned about their own drinking mentioned. [Consultant Paul SHERMAN - thinks few companies pay attention to absenteeism or lateness on executive level.] Sherman's daily fee and average salary of his clients noted. [SHERMAN - discusses execs.' ability to cover up drinking.] Intervention, a therapeutic technique used with alcoholics, demonstrated. [Clinic spokesperson Stephanie BROWN - considers psychological reasons to avoid admitting alcoholism.] Computer program aimed at targeting high-risk drinkers explained. [National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism spokesperson Dr. Ralph RYBACK - cites benefits of computer analysis.] Cost of treatment programs mentioned. [Dr. Joseph PURSCH - comments on lack of good medical insurance for alcoholism]
REPORTER: Susan Spencer
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