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October 29, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(18):530-531. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420180024003

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The British Medical Journal gives a startling picture of the increase of inebriety among women in England, and also in other parts of the world. The number of women convicted of drunkenness in England and Wales, rose from 5,673 in 1878, to 9,451 in 1884. Last year 33,000 females were convicted of drunkenness in the United Kingdom. In London in one year the increase of convicted women was 500. In Glasgow 10,500 women were sent to prison. Of this number 450 were sent to jail from six to thirty-four times during the year. In Ireland the champion female inebriate record-breaker has been arrested over 700 times, and is yet less than 40 years old. One woman was sent to prison fifty-two times during twelve months. The proportion of women arrested was formerly seven men to one woman; now it is three men to one woman. The ages of these offenders

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