History of the Summer School

The Summer School of Alcohol Studies was founded in 1943 as a part of what would become Yale University’s Center of Alcohol Studies. Its first director, E. M. “Bunky”Jellinek, did not intend for the School to exist beyond that first summer and even expected the Center to lose money on the “experiment.”

The 1943 School was attended by 86 students. The following summer, the School’s prospectus included the following statement: