Camberwell Council on Alcoholism
- Camberwell Council on Alcoholism
- Archives and manuscripts
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About this work
This collection is a valuable source for the study of the developments in concepts of and treatment for alcoholism from the 1960s, while it also illustrates the growth and development of a body which, although firmly community-based, had national and international importance in the field of alcohol-related problems.
The wide range of the CCA's interests can be gathered by looking at the list of files in this collection, although it is by no means complete, e.g. there is little documentation on the Summer Schools on Alcoholism held during the 1960s. The broad divisions of the collection are as follows: Minutes 1963-1980; annual reports, 1970s; reports and research papers, 1973-1979; files on alcoholism, homelessness, licensing laws, drunken driving, etc, and re liaison with related bodies, 1961-1980.
The basic sections of the collection are as follows:
1-3: Executive Committee Minutes, 1963-1980
4-10: Annual General Meetings, 1963-1975
11-14: Reports, 1969/70-1977/78
15-17: Early correspondence, 1961-1970
18-80: Subject files, 1961-1980
81-87: Other bodies, c.1968-1976
88-94: Reference items
95-100: Acc no 90: Women and Alcohol files and One Day Conference, c.1973-1979
101-104: Acc no 104: Correspondence, etc, of Elspeth Kyle as Secretary/Organiser, 1971-1973.
The Camberwell Council on Alcoholism (CCA) promoted preventive and diagnostic work in the study of alcoholism as a disease and in the treatment of alcoholics. Founded in 1963, it was the first of the community councils on alcoholism to be established in the UK. It was active in an area of south London where a very visible vagrant alcoholic problem met a growing interest among the doctors of the Maudsley Hospital in the problems of alcoholism as a disease: in particular Dr Griffith Edwards of the Maudsley was very active in setting up this local council. Recent theoretical developments concerning the problem (mainly from the USA) met the 1960s trend towards the development of community-based organisations to deal with social problems, committed to a self-help approach and involved in direct action, education of the public and campaigning. During this early period of the CCA's history the economic climate was favourable, with public money being available to fund projects such as these.
The CCA became involved in the problems created by alcohol over a wide field from the very obvious problem of the vagrant alcoholic to the unsuspectedly large problem of female alcoholism. The pattern of the CCA's activity was to set up groups to deal with a particular problem (e.g. provision of hostel accommodation for homeless alcoholics, setting an Alcohol Education Centre) and then withdraw as these groups became self-supporting ventures. It also liaised with other organisations doing related work.
The CCA became inactive in the early 1980s.
A list of key dates in history of CCA and contemporary alcoholism treatment follows. These events are classified under the following headings: Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry; CCA; Voluntary Organisations; and Statutory Services.
Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry: Paper on 2 year follow -up of Maudsley patients by Davis, Shepherd and Myers (QJSA)
Voluntary Organisations: West London Mission (St. Luke's) opened
Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry: Paper on return to normal drinking, by Davies (QJSA)
CCA: CCA founded
Voluntary Organisations: Helping Hand Organisation: Giles House opened
CCA: Information week; Skid Row conference
Voluntary Organisations: Alcoholism Information Centre opened
Statutory Services: Reception Centre management taken over by NAB from LCC
Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry: paper on London's Skid Row by Edwards et. al., Lancet
CCA: Hostels Conference
Voluntary Organisations: Alcoholics Recovery Project: Rathcoole House opened
Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry: Addiction Research Unit
CCA: Habitual Drunken Offender conference
Statutory Services: Home Office Working Party on Habitual Drunken Offender set up
CCA: Habitual Drunken Offender international symposium
Voluntary Organisations: Helping Hand Organisation: Kenmore Hall opened
CCA: 1st Summer School on Alcoholism
Voluntary Organisations: Alcoholics Recovery Project: shop front opened; Alcoholism Information Centre closed
Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry: Alcoholism Services Group
CCA: Information fortnight
Voluntary Organisations: Consortium: office opened
Statutory Services: DHSS national grant of £2 million to alcoholism services
Statutory Services Home Office report "Habitual Drunken Offenders"
CCA became inactive.