In 1951 the Lasker Prize was awarded to the anonymous alcohol community, a summary of the contents of the aforementioned memoir below.
“The American Society of Health hereby honors the Lasker’s 1951 prize for anonymous alcoholics. This award honors you for your unique and successful approach to dealing with an old public and social problem called alcoholism. Your emphasis on alcoholism is a disease that cleanses the social stain that has come from alcoholism. Historians may someday see anonymous alcoholics as a major social development phenomenon, a phenomenon that has offered a new means of community service, a new treatment based on solidarity in the treatment of a common disease, and in the recovery of many diseases. Other human beings can work too. “