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January 30, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(5):414-415. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730310054022

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The Bad Effects of Prohibition in Finland  In Finland, a plebiscite is to be held. December 30, to decide whether or not the prohibition against alcoholic beverages that has been the law of the land since 1920 shall be retained or abolished. It is expected that a large majority will vote for abolition of the law, which finds its explanation and justification in the fact that the prohibition against alcoholic beverages has caused great damage in the fields of economy and public morals. In the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift, Dr. Günter Schmölders gives a more or less complete list of the most recent observations on the effects of the prohibition law. A number of the Finnish physicians have admitted in various inquiries that alcoholism has undergone no change as a result of prohibition—or, if anything, conditions are worse. This is shown particularly by the increase in mental disturbances due to alcohol.

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