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August 21, 1987

In Time of Change, USSR Seeks to End Tradition of Extensive Alcohol Use by Majority of Citizens

JAMA. 1987;258(7):883-885. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03400070019005

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"NYET, NYET," said Daniel J. Anderson, PhD, leaning over a small table, pounding his fist through the air above it. He was predicting the reaction of the visiting delegation of Soviet alcohol-abuse officials to an upcoming presentation of the Hazelden Foundation's (Center City, Minn) new model of "chemical health."

Anderson, the foundation's president emeritus, was both dreading a contretemps and itching for a lively debate. As its name implies, the model is a blueprint for promoting healthy and responsible alcohol/chemical use by preventing abuse, responding to problems, and encouraging healthy life-styles. It works at two levels, both as a prescription for treating the alcohol/chemical abuser and as a rough outline for society-wide efforts, says Anderson (whose work in the alcoholism field was recognized a few weeks ago by the University of Minnesota, which presented him with an honorary doctorate).

Anderson's Soviet guests, three members of the All-Union Voluntary Temperance Promotion