Behavior: Training to Be Sober

It seems, at first glance, to be a conventional cocktail lounge. There are soft lights, a polished mahogany bar and the murmur of drinkers' voices rising above unobtrusive music. But there is more to the scene than meets the eye. The drinks are free, a TV camera is videotaping the activities and electronic equipment under the bar is administering shocks to the patrons, most of whom are alcoholic patients at Patton State Hospital in San Bernardino, Calif., where the lounge has been installed.

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