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March 31, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(13):821. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460130053012

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The drink bill of Great Britain is evidently a matter of enough moment to cause serious national alarm. According to The Lancet of March 10, the cost of alcoholic drinks in 1899 in the United Kingdom was £162,163,-474 or £6,169,455—about $30,000,000—more than in 1898, and the estimated expenditure for alcohol per family of five persons is about £20, or $100, certainly a large figure. When it is considered that this outlay for the most part represents only the gratification of an appetite, often by those who can least afford it, and that it can only very exceptionally meet any want of the system, the unprofitableness of the expenditure is sufficiently manifest. One hundred dollars a year for drink would be considered a large amount in this country, where the average income of a family is probably considerably higher than in Great Britain, at least among the laboring classes. How large

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