From the September 1971 magazine.

About Alcoholism - Alcoholism Information, Research and Treatment

Impact on Cities

In a single calendar year, Miami police made 29,726 arrests for all types of offenses. More than 15,000 were for drunkenness.

The public drunks ranged in age from a girl of 13 to oldsters whooping it up on their Social Security checks.

Those having the cash to post the routine $25 bond went free after four hours in the drunk tank at the city jail. Those without money spent from a few days to three months behind bars.

Phil White, director of the Dade County Council on Alcoholism, [said], "We figure the cost of arresting and booking a person at around...

-- Charles Whited