From the June 1969 magazine.

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Few Casual Roisterers Found Among London Drunks

The majority of men charged with drunkenness in two London courts are not casual roisterers, but men with serious drinking problems, according to a study reported by Denis Grath et al. in the British Medical Journal.

The study was based on interviews with 151 men immediately after their appearance before magistrates. Few of the offenders were casual roisterers, and as many as 50% showed evidence of chemical dependence on alcohol, as determined by morning shakes, morning relief drinking, amnesias, inability to stop drinking, and hallucinatory experiences. The proportions with serious drinking problems were similar at both courts, although one was in an area frequented by vagrants and the other in a mixed middle-class and working-class area.

-- Physician's Alcohol Newsletter

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