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July 30, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(5):388. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690050054027

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The Increase of Crime Due to Greater Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages  According to recent reports of the Federal Bureau of Statistics, the number of convictions for serious cases of assault and battery have increased of late by one eighth, and fines for minor injuries coming under the same head have been augmented by one fifth. According to statements of the same federal bureau, the condition is evidently due, in part, to the increased consumption of alcohol, since the beer consumption of 1925, in contrast with 1924, was increased from 34,650,000 hectoliters to 46,220,000 hectoliters, or from 56.1 liters to 73.9 liters per unit of population, while the use of brandy increased from 433,500 hectoliters to 557,000 hectoliters, or from 0.7 liter to 0.9 liter per unit of population. In Bavaria, the number of persons sentenced for crimes and misdemeanors committed in contravention of federal laws, while intoxicated, was increased in

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