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March 10, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(10):564-567. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860100008002

At times of maximum stress and strain, such as is the present, we can expect big things to happen. No one doubts that the psychologic tensions released by World War I made possible the introduction in this country of modified prohibition in 1919, which in turn paved the way for the absolutisms of the Volstead Act in 1920. Many argue that, because the bad tastes of that era still linger on, that which did happen once, and so disastrously for all, could not possibly happen again. Yet it is the opinion of the Research Council on Problems of Alcohol of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that there are now indications of another drift toward prohibition.1 Prohibition may or may not be lurking around the corner, but one need not be labeled an alarmist to insist that the problems of alcoholism were never more acute or pressing