November 10, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(19):1221. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460450037010

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A London gynecologist of reputation, Dr. Heywood Smith, has recently indulged in some public utterances that indicate an unfortunate state of affairs in English society. There is, he says, an epidemic of female drunkenness in the upper classes in England, perhaps we should say the upper middle classes, for he says the evil has not yet reached the aristocracy. Another speaker, apparently a clerical one, claimed that more homes were wrecked in London through drunkenness of wives and mothers than through the excesses of intemperate men. If drunken habits are the fashion abroad there is always a danger that they will be imitated here, at least by a certain limited class, and according to the opinion of some American physicians who have allowed themselves to be interviewed, this danger has to some extent been realized. Among the "smart set," it is said, there is much more drinking than is at

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