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Fillers One hundred years ago

Drugs as substitutes for drink

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 29 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1207

The abuse of alcohol is unquestionably a most pernicious thing, but mere abstinence from alcohol does not constitute temperance. It has often indeed been found that if the devil of alcohol is driven out his place may be taken by others worse than himself. Father Mathew's crusade against drunkenness in Ireland was on the whole extraordinarily successful; but in certain parts of the …

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