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February 11, 1899

THE ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF THE LIQUOR PROBLEM.

JAMA. 1899;XXXII(6):315-316. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450330045006

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Abstract

Under the above title, Col. Carroll D. Wright, Commissioner of Labor, Washington, D. C., has issued a report devoted entirely to the economic aspects of the liquor problem, as the result of an investigation authorized by Congress. This report embraces 267 closely printed pages with tables and statistics, and the laws of each State regulating license, taxes and fines. The following are some of the most interesting facts:

The number of distilleries in operation in the United States, according to the last revenue return, was 6187, and the number of breweries was 1866. The Bureau of Statistics of the Treasury Department has for a number of years published a table giving the total per capita consumption of distilled spirits, wines, and malt liquors. According to the last available return, the total quantity of distilled spirits of all kinds consumed during the year was 71,051,877 proof gallons; of wines, 10,701,406 gallons;

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