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ALCOHOLISM; ITS CONTROL AND CURE IN SANATORIUMS. By George H.
Mcmichael, M.D., Buffalo, N. Y. Superintendent Sanatorium for
Inebriates. There are probably as many proposals for the solution
of the liquor problem as there are sides to the question. As the
evil is to some extent one of the people's own choosing, it has
been suggested that a popularly elected body for the control of the
sale of intoxicants would have the effect of doing away with as
much of it as would be found to be desirable. Some people profess
to believe that the poor quality of the alcoholic beverages on sale
in the saloons has much to do with what we know as excessive
drinking, and they assert that by the prevention of adulteration
and by the enforced maturing of spirits a great amount of inebriety
might be stopped. This view is not held by scientific men and is
not tenable, because it is the ethyl alcohol in all intoxicants
which produces drunkenness, and well-matured whisky is as powerful
an intoxicant as any new liquor that can be obtained. Further, in
some cases " bad " whisky and " poor " beer are comparatively
harmless, as they have been largely diluted with water before being
sold. A second class of reformers say that no more need be done
than simply to enforce the law as it at present exists, and
drinking to excess would soon be a thing of the past. This remedy,
however, involves a technical definition of what constitutes "
excess," and it ignores the all-important fact that alcoholism is
something more than a bad habit. A certain number of persons
advocate total prohibition of the sale of liquor whether the
majority of the inhabitants wish it or not, and these gentlemen are
not averse to a sacrifice of the opportunities of the many in order
to save a few excessive drinkers. As is now we...
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