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January 5, 1895

THE DISEASE OF INEBRIETY.ITS STUDY FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE EXPERIENCE OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS OF EMINENCE WHO HAVE WORKED IN THIS FIELD OF RESEARCH.

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NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(1):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430010019001f

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Abstract

SPREEING AND TIPPLING.  A not uncommon form of the tendency to inebriety is manifested, especially in young men, in whom the propensity is not fully developed. This consists in the practice of occasional "spreeing," as it is sometimes termed. This forms one of the earliest stages of the habit or attack, and may be properly termed the formative stage. It makes its appearance on occasions of rejoicing, at festivals and celebrations, on Fourth of July and during the holidays. At other times the propensity is dormant, and the individual is in no way affected by it. There is a feature in this malady, which may be properly noted in this place, and that is that in the advanced stages of the disease nothing satisfies but complete intoxication. So completely is the system under the influence of the morbid propensity, that the desire to get drunk is irresistible. No lesser degree

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