At the 1972 Annual Meeting of the National Council on Alcoholism, a Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Department of Transportation and the National Council on Alcoholism was signed. The Memorandum of Understanding established an important link between the governmental agency dealing with highway safety programs and the private agency dealing with the scientific study, prevention and treatment of the disease of alcoholism. Since the U. S. Department of Transportation and the National Council on Alcoholism are conducting programs similar in purpose, they agreed to cooperate, particularly in efforts to reduce the tragic toll of highway accidents related to alcohol and driving. The areas of cooperation include exchange of information and data, the joint utilization of research findings, and the coordination of national, state and local efforts to expand public understanding of the problem and the solutions available. This paper will examine this Memorandum of Understanding within the context of the following rationale: the policies of the National Council on Alcoholism as they pertain to the relationship between motor vehicle accidents and alcoholism; the distinctive roles of the governmental agency and the volunteer citizen agency in a democratic society; and the total treatment flow in dealing with the problem of alcoholism. In reference to the concept of "total treatment flow", this paper will seek to establish the premise that the highway safety program can be a powerful motivational tool to get the alcoholic and the problem drinker to accept treatment - motivation being the first step in the total treatment flow to successful rehabilitation which includes medical treatment, re-education to live without alcohol and long-term supportive therapy.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at International Congress on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Lausanne, France, 1972.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Council on Alcoholism, Incorporated

    52 Park Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10016
  • Authors:
    • Moore Jr, W W
  • Publication Date: 1972

Media Info

  • Pagination: 11 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00262825
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1974 12:00AM