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August 1, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(5):332-333. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730050040021

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Increase in the Consumption of Alcohol  The recent annual assembly of the Ligue nationale contre l'alcoolisme gave its general secretary, Dr. Riémain, an opportunity to present statistics on the consumption of alcohol in France that are disquieting. The consumption of alcohol had frankly diminished during the years that immediately followed the war. It is now increasing in all classes of society. The consumption of alcohol, evaluated on the basis of alcohol 100 per cent pure, which in 1927 was 892,719 hectoliters, increased to 1,032,295 hectoliters in 1928, to 1,083,390 in 1929, and to 1,164,274 hectoliters in 1930. The consumption of wine with an average alcohol content of 10 per cent was 44,308,828 hectoliters during the season of 1926-1927, 41,411,825 in 1927-1928, 46,177,395 in 1928-1929 and 49,908,489 hectoliters in 1929-1930. These statistics include only the wines on which the government tax was collected. In addition, there is a large amount consumed

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