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About SSAS

An important educational resource for individuals in the alcohol field since 1943, the Summer School of Alcohol Studies was the first to offer a structured curriculum to participants from various backgrounds and disciplines, becoming a life-changing experience for many. The interaction between faculty and students inspired lively discussions, which resulted in the founding of major organizations related to alcohol education––including the National Committee for Education on Alcoholism, later to become the National Council on Alcoholism, under the stewardship of notable SSAS alumna Marty Mann. Another student, Brinkley Smithers, became instrumental in helping the Center of Alcohol Studies move from Yale University to Rutgers, and (with his wife Adele Smithers) donated funds to expand the Center of Alcohol Studies building into its current form.

From the Digital Alcohol Studies Archives


Students and faculty in the traditional group photo at the Summer School of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers in 1977

About SSAS