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March 14, 1903


JAMA. 1903;XL(11):718. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490110034007

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The saying that "You can not make a man temperate by act of parliament" has evidently a British origin and there has certainly been no tendency heretofore in that dominion toward prohibitory laws. Notwithstanding this, it seems to be a fact that one of the most stringent anti-liquor laws has just gone into effect there, and the consequences will be worth watching. Instead of being prophylactic against drunkenness in the way of prohibition, it is directly punitive. Drunkenness itself is made an offense, whether the individual is disorderly or not, and repeated convictions make the offender, as it were, a habitual criminal subject to compulsory detention for a considerable period up to three years. The appearance before the court and conviction more than a certain number of times, moreover, puts the individual on a published blacklist, and the personal responsibility of dramsellers as regards those thus listed is to be

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