Drunken Women

Band of Hope Review, . (1862) Drunken Women. [Image]

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Several staple features of temperance propaganda can be seen here in this 1862 Band of Hope Review item: the appeal to medical authority, the concern for children, the horror at women’s drunkenness, and the worry that intemperance is increasing.

November, 1st, 1862.


IT is painful to find by visits to the police-courts, that the charges against women are on the increase. In conversation with one of the oldest medical men in London, we put to him this question, “Do you think that intemperance is increasing amongst women?” His reply was, “Fearfully increasing.” Cannot something be done to stay this fearful plague? Are there no Elizabeth Fry’s in this land, to arise and grapple with this monster vice? If we have an increase of drunken mothers, what must be the result with the rising generation?

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