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Notwithstanding all the advances of civilization and intelligence, and the increasing temperance agitation, and effort, the drink evil, or inebriety, is one of the most threatening ominous perils to all social progress and development of to-day.
Some idea of its extent may be obtained from the following statistics. In 1890 over half a million persons were arrested in this country charged with being drunk and disorderly, crazed from the effects of alcohol. Nearly twenty per cent, had committed crime of petty character while under the influence of spirits.
These facts furnish some approximate estimate of the extent of inebriety in this country. It is reasonable to infer that if half a million inebriates have come under police surveillance in one year, at least a third of this number using alcohol to excess, have escaped legal notice.
The statement that there are fully a million persons in this country who are,
CROTHERS TD. SOCIAL SCIENCE PROBLEMS OF INEBRIETY.Read before the Social Science Association, Saratoga, N. Y. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(12):347–350. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411160005001a
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