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March 31, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVI(13):959. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510400037007

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The drink bill of Great Britain is enormous, and drinking among women is reported to be more prevalent than ever, though statistics show that excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages is on the wane. In fact, it would seem that "a wave of sobriety" is at last passing over that country.  Dr. Dawson Burns, in a recent communication to the London Times, compares the expenditure on alcoholic liquors for 1905 and 1904, respectively, and finds a decrease of no less than $24,050,000. This is a substantial decrease, but as the total amount expended on drink still reaches the immense sum of $820,000,000, more or less, there is ample room for further improvement in this direction. Undoubtedly the drinking habits of the population at large of Great Britain, and especially of town dwellers, are responsible for much of the physical and mental degeneration which are now obvious features in the large centers

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