1951 the Lasker Award was given Alcoholics Anonymous.
The citation reads in part as follows:
"The American Public
Health Association presents a Lasker Group Award for 1951
to Alcoholics Anonymous in recognition of its unique and
highly successful approach to that age-old public health
and social problem, alcoholism... In emphasizing alcoholism
as an illness, the social stigma associated with this
condition is being blotted out... Historians may one day
recognize Alcoholics Anonymous to have been a great venture
in social action; a new therapy based on the kinship of
common suffering; one having a vast potential for the
myriad other ills of mankind."