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November 6, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(19):971-972. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440450043007

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In these days of Tea-worship it is well to call attention occasionally to the deleterious effects of the excessive use of this beverage. In their ardent advocacy of the " cup that cheers but not inebriates," the apostles of temperance are too prone to forget that there are other intemperances than alcoholic ones, and of these none is more vicious than the pet vice of refined and polite society, tea-debauchery.

In former years the tea-drinkers were usually to be found among nervous old persons. The association of the fidgety old maid and her cup of tea is proverbial. In the present day the temptation of tea-tippling is persistently offered to us from childhood, and nearly every one is more or less addicted to its use. The fashionable afternoon tea has done much to extend and perpetuate the vice. Otherwise sensible and temperate men and women will actually indulge in tea-debauchery

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