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Some major news came out of the sixth Summit of the Americas this weekend. No, we're not talking about the revelation that U.S. Secret Service members were being investigated for a possible imbroglio involving prostitutes, or that the United States finds itself increasingly isolated from traditional allies in Latin America. No, the news sweeping the media is ... wait for it ... that Hillary Clinton drank a beer.

Recent photos of Clinton's trip to Colombia, ostensibly for summit, show her dancing and drinking a bottle of Aguila while out with staffers. Secretary of state? Try Secretary of PARTYING, as celebrity gossip website TMZ dubbed her after the photos emerged. The New York Post chimed in on the "diplomats gone wild" event as well, and the Telegraph, never one to shy away from asking the tough questions, wondered, "Is Hillary Clinton becoming an embarrassment as Secretary of State?"

The debaucherous event, which lasted an entire 30 minutes, earned Clinton the moniker "Swillary." This isn't the first time Clinton's drinking has been in the news: We all remember that one time four years ago when Clinton drank a shot of whiskey. If that doesn't spell crippling substance abuse, what does?

Above, one of the two photos exposing Clinton's half-hour of power in Cartagena, Colombia, on April 15. Next, let's take a look back at Clinton's well-documented thirst. 

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Clinton breaks it down after a drink at Cafe Havana in Cartagena, Colombia, on April 15.

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Clinton holds a glass of Georgian wine as she takes a walk with Georgia's President Mikheil Saakashvili in Tbilisi on July 5, 2010. Clinton took time out from her wine-swilling to reassure Georgia with a pledge of continued support and criticize Russia's occupation of two breakaway Georgian regions.

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Clinton and British Prime Minister David Cameron share a toast during a lunch hosted at the State Department on March 14, 2012, in Washington. Clinton's mood seems to drastically improve.

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Clinton toasts German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a luncheon at the State Department on June 7, 2011, in Washington. Merkel soon found herself in her own beer-related media storm after a waiter accidentally dumped a tray of brewskies on her head. 

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Clinton toasts at a dinner during the 2011 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue on May 9, 2011, at the State Department.

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Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, and Mexico's President Felipe Calderón toast during a luncheon at the State Department on May 19, 2010.

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Clinton winks during an informal meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers in Tallinn on April 22, 2010. While she was there for a NATO gathering in the Estonian capital focused on plans to reform NATO to deal with modern security threats, news of the secretary's love of Estonian vodka broke in 2008, when a New York Times article revealed she had challenged Sen. John McCain to a vodka-drinking contest while on a congressional trip to Estonia in 2004. McCain accepted, although details were not released. Phillipe Reines, a spokesperson for Clinton in 2008, said, "What happens in Estonia stays in Estonia."

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Chinese President Hu Jintao talks with Clinton during a dinner in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov.17, 2009. Note that no fewer than three wine glasses sit in front of Clinton (though admittedly, one may be for water).

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Bill Clinton makes a toast to the millennium with wife Hillary Clinton in the State Dining room of the White House on Dec. 31, 1999, in Washington.

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Clinton, seen here when she was the U.S. first lady, toasts former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich beside President Bill Clinton during the inaugural luncheon in Washington.

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