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August 29, 1896

THE ABUSE OF ALCOHOLIC DRINKS, ITS RELATION TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND ITS PREVENTION.

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ST. JOHNS, NEW BRUNSWICK.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(9):474-478. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430870022001k

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Abstract

I have selected for discussion the abuse of alcoholic drinks, its relation to public health and its prevention. I emphasize the abuse as I am unwilling to believe that the moderate and proper use of them has relation to public health.

It will not be disputed that the abuse of them, with its attendant consequences, disease, insanity, crime, poverty and premature death, is the greatest evil of the age, and that it calls loudly for remedial measures. What those measures shall be has exercised the minds of many.

The subject has been discussed in the pulpit and on the platform, some claiming that nothing but coercive and restrictive measures will remedy the evil, while others declare that such measures will aggravate it, both wishing to arrive at the same goal, but differing as to the road; in their enthusiasm, too often ignoring all rights, appealing to passions and prejudices, claiming

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