Editor’s Note: It is fascinating to read these temperance texts after having seen Prohibition.
Beer no Preventive of Drunkenness: It has been urged that a more general use of beer would prevent the drunkenness caused by drinking the liquors that contain more alcohol, such as rum, whiskey, brandy, and gin. We have only to look to the countries where beer is used in nearly every family, to see that it is no preventive of drunkenness. True to its nature, the alcohol in the beer makes the drinker crave more beer to get more alcohol. In Germany, Belgium, and other countries where beer is almost a universal beverage, drunkenness is becoming more and more a curse to the land. What is lacking in quantity of alcohol in the beer is made up by the quantity of beer drank.