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The recent statements of the public press concerning the findings of Professor Atwater, the Government food expert, regarding the nutritive value of alcohol, are worthy of a passing notice. While some authorities have disputed it, the consensus of scientific opinion has always been that a certain amount of alcohol could be consumed in the body. Professor Atwater's findings are different from those of others only in that he finds a little larger quantity can be disposed of than some other hygienic authorities. He does not say that it is a healthful food or that it can be safely taken in a quantity sufficient to have any large effect in keeping the vital mechanism going. While it may be to some extent a producer of energy, its action even in small quantities, on special portions of the organism, may be deleterious. The experiments of Aschaffenburg in Kræpelin's clinic are in point
FOOD VALUE OF ALCOHOL.. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(1):46–47. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450530052012
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