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June 7, 1890

A STUDY OF THE SOCIAL STATISTICS OF 4,663 CASES OF ALCOHOLIC INEBRIETY.TREATED AT THE INEBRIATES' HOME, FORT HAMILTON, L. I., FROM JANUARY 1, 1880, TO DECEMBER 31, 1888. INCLUDING STATEMENT SHOWING RESULT OF TREATMENT, ETC. Read in the Section of Medical Jurisprudence, at the Forty-first Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, May, 1890.

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JAMA. 1890;XIV(23):822-824. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410230014002b

Nativity, sex, age, temperament, climate, occupation, custom and social conditions, are important factors in the etiology of alcoholic inebriety, outside of the well-known causes of preceding or accompanying disease or injury and heredity, and also, to a certain extent, are to be taken into consideration in the treatment of all cases of inebriety.

Nativity of the 4,663 cases was as follows: United States, 3,186; Ireland, 826; England, 203; Scotland, 77; British Possessions, 73; Germany, 109; other nationalities, 44; not recorded, 145. The United States naturally compose a large majority, as we find in asylums of other countries, inhabitants of those countries as inmates will be in excess of all others; but we must acknowledge that the nervo-sanguine temperament of the American is peculiarly susceptible to the evil effects of alcohol, and that, other things being equal, the average American would sooner succumb to inebriety than his transatlantic brother. Ireland takes