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June 1945

A.A'.s Country-wide News Circuit

The latest of the new groups in this hemisphere is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. . . . Under a Massachusetts legislative recess-commission recommendation made in May, the state's liquor drinkers would pay $2 a year for a "personal license" and a state hospital would be established with the money to treat alcoholics. A 448-page report declared that crime, mental illness and charity costs from inebriety in the state totaled $60,000,000 annually, compared with liquor revenues of $13,139,266 in 1943. Licenses would be revoked for abuse. The commission also recommended labeling liquor with "directions" for moderation and a warning against over-indulgence.

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