From the December 1973 magazine.

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Alcohol and the Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C.--[Do] Senators and Representatives drink more, to their disability and the nation's, than ordinary people?

The answer seems to be that most Congressmen drink, a small percentage are drunkards, and a few are reformed [sic] alcoholics, a situation that does not appear to have changed much in 184 years.

When the Continental Congress sat in Philadelphia, decanters of whisky were kept on tables for the refreshment of members freshly arrived on horseback with the dust of the road in their throats. The difference today is that Congressmen are more generally visible...

-- Richard D. Lyons