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June 1976

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

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The International Longshoremen's Association (AFL-CIO) and the New York Shipping Association are trying to deal with this specific problem [alcoholism] by offering a program which covers some 25,000 employees in 96 companies and is also available to their 60,000 dependents.

The program has been made possible by a Federal grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, in the amount of $206,857, which covers stall salaries and expenses only, plus an added amount for an outside evaluation. The grant runs from October 1, 1974, through September 30, 1977

The program is "housed" in the Manhattan Clinic of the NYSA-ILA Medical Center, and extends to the clinics in Brooklyn, Newark, and Hoboken. [Referral for treatment] may be to a general hospital or other facility for detoxification, if needed; or to a rest and rehabilitation facility if that seems indicated; or directly to Alcoholics Anonymous, with continuing counseling sessions at the unit, if that seems feasible.

In the first year of its operation, a total of 1,128 individuals were referred to the program. Of this total, only 40 were for problems other than drinking.

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