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October 27, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(17):1453-1454. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650170051024

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The Diminution of Alcoholism  I have referred to the results of two inquiries, instituted by the minister of labor, which point to a decrease of alcoholism among the laborers of Paris and the region of the North (The Journal, July 21, 1923, p. 227, and Sept. 22, 1923, p. 1035). According to M. Louis Sadoul, counselor of the Court of Appeals at Nancy, this is general throughout France. Continuing his interesting study on criminality since the war, which I discussed in my letter last week (The Journal, Oct. 20, 1923, p. 1375), M. Sadoul does not hesitate to attribute the diminution of crime, at least in the departments of the East, to the decrease in alcoholism.In 1913, the total amount of pure alcohol on which tax was paid in French territory as a whole was 1,566,858 hectoliters. In 1921, the total had dropped to 788,839 hectoliters, a decrease of

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