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April 17, 1897

DRINK AND HARD TIMES.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(16):751. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440160033005

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Abstract

An admirable trade journal, the American Grocer, has published, with comments, the figures furnished by the Government,the Internal Revenue and the Customs Bureau, chiefly the former, as to the consumption of liquors in the United States. It finds that there has been a marked decrease, so that in 1896 the amount of spirits used is almost one gallon per capita less than it was in 1888, thus discrediting apparently the theory so often advanced that in hard times when men are out of work they drink more to drown their troubles. It also claims that the decrease in spirit consumption is not compensated for by an increased usage of fermented liquors, such as beer; in support of this it shows that while the consumption of these rose to about sixteen gallons per head in 1892, it has since fallen off to about fifteen and a half gallons, not a very

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