Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NCADD President Blasts Leno; Tonight Show Host Responds

Magazine article The Alcoholism Report

NCADD President Blasts Leno; Tonight Show Host Responds

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Following the announcement by Northwest Airlines that it rehired a recovering alcoholic who was one of three pilots convicted of flying a commercial airliner while intoxicated, comedian Jay Leno used the story to poke fun at the airline as part of his monologue earlier this month.

Paul Wood, Ph.D., president of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., (NCADD) responded immediately with a letter to the Tonight Show host, telling Leno, in no uncertain terms, that his jokes not only missed the mark, they reinforced the stigma surrounding the disease of alcoholism.

"Alcoholism is a disease," said Wood. "Fortunately it is a treatable disease from which people can recover and lead productive lives. Northwest Airlines clearly understands this and by rehiring a pilot who is in recovery from alcoholism they are setting a fine example for employers all over America. By ridiculing them on national television you only increase stigma that prevents many people from getting help for their disease. …

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