The Growth And Power Of Appetite

 

A habitual drinking assistant stands out so prominently that none can call it in question. It is the constant growth of appetite. There are exceptions, as in the action of almost all rules; But the almost invariable result of the habit we have mentioned, is, as we have said, a constant growth of appetite for the embedded stimulant. That this is as a consequence of certain morbid changes in the physical condition produced by alcohol itself, will barely be questioned by someone who has become familiar with the various functional and organic desquisites that invariably follow the continuous introduction of this substance in the body.

But it is for the fact, not to your cause, that we now want to direct your attention. The man who is satisfied at the beginning with a single glass of wine at dinner, finds, after a while, that appetite asks a little more; And, on time, a second glass is granted. The increase in desire can be very slow, but it continues surely until, in the end, a whole bottle will barely be enough, with too many, to satisfy your unreported demands. It is the same with respect to the use of any other form of alcoholic beverage.

Now, there are such constituted men who are capable, during a long series of years, or even throughout a life, to keep this appetite within a certain limit of indulgence. Say "until now, and no further". They suffer, ultimately, of physical diseases, which surely follow the prolonged contact of the alcoholic venom with the delicate structures of the body, many of a painful character, and shorten the term of their natural lives; But still they can drink without an increased appetite increase as to reach a degree of overcoming. They do not become abandoned drunks.

 No man sure you drink. ----------------------

 But no man who begins the use of alcohol in any way can say what, in the end, it will be the effect of him in his body or mind. Thousands and tens of thousands, once the unconscious of the danger of this source, fall annually to the tombs of the drunks. There is no standard by which no one can measure the latent malignant forces in their inherited nature. He can have ancestors, near or remote, a unhealthy moral trend, or physical diyposis, to which the peculiarly disturbing influence of alcohol will give the morbid condition in which he will find the disastrous life of him. That such results follow the use of alcohol in a large number of cases, is now a well-known fact in the history of drunkenness. The subject of alcoholism, with the mental and moral causes that led to it, have attracted a lot of attention. The doctors, the superintendents of drunkenness and lunatic asylums, prison caregivers, legislators and philanthropists have been observing and studying their many sad and terrible phases, and recording results and opinions. Although the differences are maintained at some points, since, for example, if drunkenness is a disease for which, after it has been established, the individual stops being responsible, and must be subject to moderation and treatment, in as for lunation or fever; a crime to be punished; Or a sin to be repentant and cured by the Soul's doctor, everyone agrees that there is a mental and nervous condition inherited or acquired with many, which makes any alcohol use extremely dangerous.

The point we want to do with you is, that no man can know, until he has used alcoholic beverages for a certain period of time, whether he has or does not have this physical or hereditary or acquired mental condition; And that, if it should exist, a discovery of the fact can come too late.

Dr. D.G. Dodge, the late superintendent of the State of the State of New York, the drunk asylum, speaking of the causes that lead to intemperance, after asserting his belief that it is a communicable disease, such as "scoffula, gout or consumption", says:

"There are men who have an organization, which can be called an alcoholic idiosyncrasy; with them the latent desire of stimulants, if it is pleased, it soon leads to habits of weather, and eventually to a morbid appetite, which has all the characteristics of a patient. System condition, that the patient, without help, is impotent to alleviate, since the weakness of the will that led to the disease obstructs its elimination.

"Once again, we find in another class of people, those who have had healthy parents, and have been educated and accustomed to good social, moral and social influences, but whose temperament and physical constitution are such, that, when it ever is Deliver to the use of stimulants, which are pleasant, continue to run usually until they stop being moderate, and become excessive drinkers. A depraved appetite is established, which takes them slowly, but surely, to destruction. "

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