We ended last week pointing out that the Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Mental Health Administration (ADAMHA) had announced in the Sept. 4 Federal Register (page 58699) the birth of a new "National Commission on Alcoholism and other Alcohol-Related Problems," which was going to spend a year and up to $1 million making a study of this not-so-unusual field. It caught our attention because right next to it in the Register was notice of a meeting of another organization, the Prevention, Education, and Information Work Group of the Inter-Agency Committee on Federal Activities for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism," which, by the way, is also under the wing of ADAMHA.

An ADAMHA official said reassuringly last week that both groups were needed, particularly the new national commission.

Now along comes the Sept. 19 Federal Register (page 62548) and in it ADAMHA lists the scheduled October meetings for its "National Advisory bodies" in the alcoholism business as follows:

Oct. 7, Treatment and Rehabilitation Work Group of the Inter-Agency Committee on Federal Activities for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to discuss "future work plans and activities of the work group."

Oct. 15, Community Alcoholism Services Review Committee to discuss "administrative, legislative and program developments" and review grant applications for federal funds relating to "alcoholism service activities."

Oct. 16-17, Alcohol Human Resources Development Review Committee to discuss "administrative announcements and program developments" and review applications for federal funds relating to "manpower and training activities."

Oct. 21, Inter-Agency Committee on Federal Activities for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to discuss "working group activities."

Oct. 22-24, Alcohol Biomedical Research Review Committee to discuss administrative announcements and review applications for federal grants relating to "research activities."

Oct. 22-24, Alcohol Psychosocial Research Review Committee to discuss administrative reports and program developments and review applications for federal grants relating to "research activities."

Perhaps the new national commission could attend all these meetings, write its reports and go home.