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October 29, 1927

DRUNKENNESS: A QUANTITATIVE STUDY OF ACUTE ALCOHOLIC INTOXICATION

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CINCINNATI
From the Cincinnati General Hospital.

JAMA. 1927;89(18):1508-1511. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690180040011
Abstract

Drunkenness is by no means a new phenomenon. The inebriety of Noah was only one of a large number of similar instances in the Bible and other ancient sources, and it has been a common feature of the life and literature of the Western World ever since. The popular attitudes toward this condition have ranged from the rigid prohibition enjoined on his "faithful" Moslems by Mohammed to the ecstatic apotheosis of alcoholic intoxication by the inspired sot, Omar Khayyam. In more recent times opinion has been divided more on the question of just what degree of alcoholism is to be condemned, rather than on the question of drunkenness or sobriety, since there are few who are willing today openly to take up the cudgels for the former condition.

The tremendous increase of automotive traffic, with its greater speed and consequently greatly increased potentialities for serious accidents, and the difficulties arising

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