Date of Award
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Alcoholism is a major problem in the United States. It is estimated that there are approximately nine million alcoholics in the nation. The problem is compounded greatly when one finds that the average alcoholic affects at least four other people--his immediate family. This additional 36 million added to the nine million alcoholics makes a total of 45 million people affected by alcohol or roughly 20 percent of the total population. The number of alcoholics is increasing at the rate of 200,000 per year. The drug problem has been receiving extensive publicity while alcoholism does not get its share. In 1920, there was one drug addict for every 400 people while today there is one addict for every four thousand people. The addiction problem is not as extensive as we might be lead to believe. But alcoholism is considerably worse than most people realize. This is likely do to the social acceptance of alcohol and the rejection of drugs.
Hussong, Donald LeRoy, "A Pastor's Guide for Understanding and Helping the Alcoholic" (1973). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 309.