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Accessory Substances in Alcoholic Drinks. The impression very generally prevails among physicians and laymen that alcoholic beverages have quite individual properties and that their power to intoxicate is not strictly proportional to their content of ethyl alcohol. Such variations in toxicity must be due to the higher alcohols, to aldehydes, esters, and acids, very numerous accessory bodies difficult to tabulate and impossible to estimate accurately by quantitative analysis. In crediting these ingredients with marked powers scientific opinion is more guarded than popular belief. Dr. Abel has pointed out that, after all, in human experience there is a fair correspondence between the quantity of ethyl alcohol taken and the degree of intoxication produced in a given subject. He is careful not to make his statement too uncompromising.* It is commonly held that cheap alcoholic products are much more deleterious than those which are choice and costly. This is constantly claimed to be the case with the non-descript. illicit liquors dispensed in no-license communities. There must be some foundation for such a fixed opinion. But there is no doubt that much of the reasoning in this connection is fallacious. Persons using the dubious beverages are observed to become grossly drunk http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Public Health American Public Health Association

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