The Anatomy of Drunkenness

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Carey, Lea and Carey, 1828 - Alcoholism - 198 pages

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Page 55 - ... a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous to the lungs, and in the black stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stygian smoke of the pit that is bottomless.
Page 13 - The consequences of drunkenness are dreadful, but the pleasures of getting drunk are certainly ecstatic. While the illusion lasts, happiness is complete ; care and melancholy are thrown to the wind : and Elysium, with all its glories, descends upon the dazzled imagination of the drinker. Some authors have spoken of the pleasure of being completely drunk ; this, however, is not the most exquisite period. The time is when a person is neither 'drunken nor sober, but neighbor to both,' as Bishop Andrews...
Page 169 - Daily experience convinces us that the same quantity of alcohol, applied to the stomach under the form of natural wine, and in a state of mixture with water, will produce very different effects upon the body, and to an extent which it is difficult to comprehend...
Page 134 - that he who committed a crime when " drunk, should receive a double punishment ;" one for the crime itself, and the other for the ebriety which prompted him to commit it...
Page 50 - I have seen roll away from the summits of mountains, drew off in one day ; passed off with its murky banners as simultaneously as a ship that has been stranded and is floated off by a spring tide — "That moveth altogether, if it move at all.
Page 133 - drunkard," says Sir Edward Coke, " who is voluntarius " daemon, hath no privilege thereby : but what hurt or ill " soever he doth, his drunkenness doth aggravate it : nam " omne crimen ebrietas, et incendit, et detegit "(6).
Page 43 - The blood, in such cases, is more dark and sizy than in the others. In seven cases out of ten, malt liquor drunkards die of apoplexy or palsy. If they escape this hazard, swelled liver or dropsy carries them off. The abdomen seldom loses its prominency, but the lower extremities get ultimately emaciated. Profuse bleedings frequently ensue from the nose, and save life, by emptying the blood-vessels of the brain.
Page 10 - Drunkenness appears to be in some measure hereditary. We frequently see it descending from parents to their children. This may undoubtedly often arise from bad example and imitation, but there can be little , question that, in many instances at least, it exists as a family predisposition.
Page 176 - The most dangerous adulteration of wine, is by some preparations of lead, which possess the property of stopping the progress of acescence of wine, and also of rendering white wines, when muddy, transparent. I have good reason to state, that lead is certainly employed for this purpose.
Page 41 - ... airy halls and splendid kiosks, furnished with the carpets of Persia, and the silks of Byzantium. Beautiful maidens and blooming boys were the inhabitants of this delicious spot, which ever resounded with the melody of birds, the murmur of streams, and the ravishing tones of voices and instruments ; all respired contentment and pleasure. When the chief had noticed any youth to be distinguished for strength and resolution, he invited him to a banquet, where he placed him beside himself, conversed...

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