From the June 1976 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Diplomats' Occupational Ailment?

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The problem of alcoholism among U.S. employees who serve tours in embassies abroad, interspersed with periods of service at home, is numerically large. Counting only employees of State, AID [Agency for International Development], and USIA [U.S. Information Agency] and their dependents, the Foreign Service roster is about 60,000. Statistically, more than 6,000 of these people are in various stages of alcoholism, and the majority are scattered among the 266 embassies, posts, and consulates around the world.

-- Jeremiah O'Leary

Washington, District of Columbia

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