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September 21, 1940

Liquor: The Servant of Man

JAMA. 1940;115(12):1046. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810380076040

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In this book there is an attempt to make an unbiased and scientific survey of the real effects of alcohol on the human system. The authors believe that the facts concerning alcohol have been buried under a haze of misconception. The history of drinking, the physiologic effects of alcohol and the relation between alcohol and disease are discussed. Some information concerning the psychology of drinking is included. Startling are some of the statements which are made:

There has been found no evidence that prolonged and copious use of alcohol causes any disease.

It is the present opinion of many authorities that, instead of causing arteriosclerosis, alcohol can act to retard it.

The statement is also made that alcohol is an active ingredient in all intoxicants and that its toxicity is increased and not decreased by aging or by congenerics or substances mixed with it to make it more palatable. The

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