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September 28, 1895

SOME FACTORS IN THE SOLUTION OF THE ALCOHOLIC PROBLEM.

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BUFFALO, N. Y.

JAMA. 1895;XXV(13):521-524. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430390007001c

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Abstract

An alcoholic problem confronts the people of these United States. Multitudes—perhaps the majority—of our population do not believe this statement. Especially is this true of our foreign-born residents. The vast majority of them have drawn alcohol from the maternal breast and have been educated to believe that alcoholic drinks are the healthiest that exist; they see no alcoholic problem.

The brewer, the distiller, the saloonist can find no alcoholic problem which will restrict their business. The ordinary merchant fails to recognize any alcoholic problem which forbids a reciprocity of business between himself and the vendor of alcoholics. The professional man searches in vain for an alcoholic problem which will offend the consciences of his clients.

The eyes of myriads of our people in looking for this problem are blinded that they see not, and their ears in listening for its goings are stopped that they hear not. If, perchance,

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