The first stage to recovery is admittance. One alcoholic tells his story of alcoholism and the eventual recognition that he had a problem with drinking.

These are the eyes of an alcoholic. Anybody could become an alcoholic. There is no one type of personality more predisposed than another.

The problem of alcoholism in 1960s Ireland is the subject of this investigation by the programme 'Sixty Five'. According to presenter John O'Donoghue, anyone can become an alcoholic. Once addicted, the person is dependent on alcohol like a drug and can't control the number of drinks taken. Blackouts are the most ominous sign.

A blackout is when the next morning a drinker can't remember what he did or said, or where he was the previous night.

O'Donoghue speaks to a reformed alcoholic prepared to face the reality of his problem. As a social drinker, he averaged a bottle of Scotch a day and didn't think that was excessive. Then there came a time when he had to have a drink first thing in the morning and continue all day. 

When I became an alcoholic, I don't know how much I consumed really.

He also comments that there is a greater awareness of alcoholism nowadays than in times gone by, a factor which helps alcoholics and those around them to recognise when an addiction problem exists. 

A 'Sixty Five' report by John O'Donoghue first broadcast on 27 May 1965.

'Sixty Five' was RTÉ's main current affairs programme covering domestic and international stories.