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March 13, 1920


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Newark, N. J.

JAMA. 1920;74(11):753-754. doi:10.1001/jama.1920.02620110043023

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To the Editor:  —Your editorial "What Is So-Called Scientific Drink Control?" in The Journal, February 14, is presented at a time when this question is uppermost in the minds of many thoughtful students, and when the question as to what is an intoxicating beverage is being submitted for a correct answer to the medical profession. The national prohibition act has raised the question, What is an intoxicating beverage? It would appear that the term "intoxicating" is used in the ordinary, reasonable and accepted sense, and is synonymous with drunkenness. Doubtless this question will finally be officially determined as a result of scientific tests made by competent medical authorities. Only the other day the New York State Bureau of Health was requested by the legislature of that state to study this phase of the alcohol question and to report its findings, in order to guide the legislature in arriving at a

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