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Combating alcohol abuse

Actors Gary Kimble (left) and Richard Davis Springle star in Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

Alcohol creates "only the illusion of connection," said author and psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Bergman when he visited Dartmouth in March 2011. Bergman's play, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, was the kick-off event for a new Dartmouth initiative to curb binge drinking among college students. Although the play is about the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous, it's ultimately about "the danger of isolation and the healing power of connection," said Bergman in a talk at DHMC. A link to a video of that talk is available below, as well as a link to a preview of the play with the actors who starred in the performance at Dartmouth. For more on Dartmouth's efforts to confront and reduce binge drinking, read "Play is an opening act for alcohol initiative."

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