Albert Ullman, 95, of Lexington; former Tufts University provost researched alcoholism

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Known for his academic expertise in alcoholism, addiction, and social psychology, Albert Ullman challenged society’s view of alcoholics in the years after World War II. Alcoholism should be treated as a disease, he said, rather than as a problem to be punished.

“The old method of trying to punish the alcoholic out of his behavior by separating him from society for a period of time has been tested for centuries and simply doesn’t work,” he told the Globe in 1951. “What you’re doing is taking the bottle out of the alcoholic’s life and making no attempt to fill the gap.”

Dr. Ullman, a former provost and sociology professor at Tufts University, died Nov. 17 in the Brookhaven life care center in Lexington. He was 95.

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