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February 16, 1907

THE ALCOHOL QUESTION IN THE NAVY.WITH SUGGESTIONS AS TO ITS RESTRICTION.

Author Affiliations

Medical Inspector, U. S. Navy.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(7):591-594. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220330033001h
Abstract

The remarks I shall make to you will be mainly confined to the problem as it affects the personnel of the Navy. After a service of over thirty years in all parts of the world, under the varying conditions of peace and war, I am convinced that the use of spirituous drinks should be discouraged and limited as far as possible, and yet I recognize that laws to prohibit their sale in toto can not be enforced and, as a rule, have proved of doubtful value. During my naval service the necessity for temperance has increased very greatly. As the huge floating machines of war have grown in force, they require more intelligent and skillful handling to keep them effective. There is no place on a man-of-war for one whose brains are dulled and whose hands are tremulous from drinking. Even those filling very subordinate positions may readily hazard the

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