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The Sixth International Congress against the abuse of alcohol completed its labors at Brussels, September 3. Addresses were presented by Forel, Lejeune, L. Frank, Miss Gray, Destrees, Mahaim and others, all leaders in the struggle against the abuse of alcohol. The importance of an active propaganda was strongly emphasized as the first stage in the work, arousing and educating public opinion. The second stage is legislation providing for compulsory official education in regard to the evils of alcoholism, and the third stage is legislation dictated by an enlightened and convinced public opinion. Certain nations (Norway), after passing through all these stages, are now completely freed from the scourge. Others (Switzerland, Germany), are entering the legislative stage, to which Belgium is also aspiring. The advisability of a constant literature on the subject was recognized, and the suggestion made that, instead of founding new organs, special editions of some established organ might
SOCIETY NEWS. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(19):976. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440450048011
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