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November 7, 1931

The Common Sense of Drinking.

JAMA. 1931;97(19):1408. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730190064033

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This is not, as its title at first might suggest, a defense of the beverage use of alcohol. The author states that while the book is aimed primarily at the inebriate, it should be of interest to all who drink, especially those who stand on the line between moderation and excess. Physicians will find in it helpful suggestions not only for the treatment of inebriates but for the guidance of those who are making their first experiments on the effects of alcohol on themselves. The author is not a physician but a student of psychology, whose theories of the genesis and treatment of inebriety are drawn from large experience. In his opinion the explanation of excessive drinking is to be found in an abnormal psychology and depends on character traits deeply rooted in personality rather than on exposure to drink. Certain individuals who are normal in other respects react abnormally

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