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If there’s one workplace that could use an employee assistance program, it’d be Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce on Mad Men. The workers in the fictional advertising agency openly drink like fish on and off the job in episode after episode and work in an office environment that would make modern-day HR professionals cringe.

But while Don Draper might laugh at the idea of calling an EAP for help with his drinking, millions of American workers have utilized EAPs since employers began offering them to their employees as benefits. In fact, EAPs began life as “Occupational Alcohol Programs” and were focused on helping employees who were experiencing problems with alcohol.

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