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November 27, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(22):1844-1845. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680220060022

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The Crusade Against Alcoholism  During the war, the consumption of alcoholic beverages decreased in Germany and there was a consequent diminution of the sequels of alcoholism. In the period since the war, former conditions have gradually returned, and the number of patients admitted to hospitals and psychopathic institutions by reason of addiction to alcoholic beverages has increased considerably. This circumstance has strengthened the endeavors to restrict by law the consumption of alcohol. As a step in this direction, several political parties in the reichstag introduced a bill (the so-called schankstättengesetz) designed to accomplish that end, which contained the following provisions:By provincial law it may be decreed that, on demand of a fifth of the legal voters of a commune or of a communal district, an election shall be ordered to decide whether or not in the commune or in the communal district (1) permission shall be granted newly established

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