From the June 1972 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Federal Report Calls for Action and New Attitudes

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Pentagon announced the establishment of a department-wide rehabilitation program to treat an estimated 150,000 alcoholics in the military establishment.

"This is a landmark in the history of alcoholism in the military," said Dr. Richard S. Wilbur, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health and Environment. "Until now we took a punitive approach toward treatment, including denial of promotion, loss of security classification, and expulsion from the service," he said. "Some commanders under-report cases of alcoholism because it doesn't make them look good, and employees generally don't like to expose fellow employees with drinking problems."

-- New York Times

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