From the January 1980 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

On-the-Spot Counselors

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I must point out that, as a group, bartenders and other liquor servers come into more frequent and more meaningful close and personal contact with more alcohol-troubled people than any other group, including members of the alcohol/alcoholism field. Moreover, bartenders and other liquor servers are often in an excellent position of influence as to drinking practices and patterns. Yet their potential is almost never utilized. The field would be wise to ask why such a resource has been heretofore largely ignored.

-- James S. Cowan, bartender

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