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May 5, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(18):1137. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460180049014

According to an exchange,1 which from contiguity might be expected to be well informed, alcoholism is making startling strides in Old Mexico. The alcohol habit, it says, is reported to be rapidly spreading to all ranks of Mexican society and the mortality statistics which come from the superior or national health board show, for each year, a steady increase in the number of deaths from cerebral congestion due to alcoholism. The national government has, it is said, become alarmed at this showing, and the increase of poverty and crime that goes pari passu with this cause. This increase of alcoholism among the Latin races has also been reported elsewhere, and if we include France among them, it has become one of the more serious problems of their civilization. When the local alcoholic drinks heretofore prevalently used among them are supplanted or supplemented by those of the Anglo-Saxon, the danger-point