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National enthusiasm and alcohol

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 22 January 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:224

The national joy over the recent successes of our arms in South Africa is apt, as the records of the police-courts show, to express itself in an increased consumption of ardent liquors. Such a mode of showing patriotic enthusiasm may be gratifying to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, but we may be permitted to doubt whether this public-spirited consideration entered largely …

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