A spot check will show that there hasn't been too much on alcoholism in the last years with Ullman's To Know The Difference (St Martin's- 1960), the best book we remember recently, already out of print. This book is by no means as good; its actual information content is only about 30 proof and more than half of the book is a reconstruction of prototypical case histories. These bottle biographies have a certain readability but necessarily are self-limiting. The less specific approach to the problem covers the physical and emotional metabolism of the sickness, roads to recovery, relapses, family attitudes, community resources and facilities, and where to secure help. All in all, a no better than adequate handling.