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March 16, 1929

The Alcohol Problem.

JAMA. 1929;92(11):924-925. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700370072046

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For at least three centuries human beings have been concerned with the regulation of the consumption of alcohol, but the answer is not yet. Dr. Vernon is an English investigator who is able to study the prohibition movement in the United States with somewhat less bias than are some of the writers on the subject who have personal preferences because of their American residence. Dr. Vernon is convinced that the prohibition experiment has not extended long enough to afford any final conclusions. He believes that in America the younger generation is drinking less than its predecessors, and in Finland, more. Perhaps in thirty years' time, he feels, some estimate as to the effects of prohibition may be available. He is inclined to predict that sooner or later the United States will legalize the use of light wines and beer. Among the best of the chapters in this volume are those

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