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Timeline: Moments in Sobriety

A brief history of America's fixation on getting sober.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

1937
The "drunk-o-meter" (precursor to the Breathalyzer) is invented.

1945
The Lost Weekend, starring Ray Milland as a desperate alcoholic, wins four Oscars, including Best Picture.

1949
Hazelden, which will later count Eric Clapton, Melanie Griffith, and Liza Minnelli among its guests, opens in Center City, Minnesota, employing a hard-nosed approach to rehab.

Left: Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend.

Credit: Everett
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