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Cure for drunkenness

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About cures for drunkenness

From bathing in sulphur baths to administering injections of adrenal cortisol, Victorian newspapers of the 19th century are awash with remedies for the ill effects of 'the greatest curse in the colony' – namely, excessive inebriation.

Historic newspapers offer curious instructions on curing drunkenness by shaving the head to 'shock' the subject into sobriety; 'boozing up' for three days and nights as a form of aversion therapy; and teaching wives to cook better so their husbands aren't driven to seek the comforts of the pub. Balanced against the zeal of temperance advocates are the more moderate views of reformists, who sought a more humane treatment for alcoholics. 

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Illuminated historiated inititial "w" with a policeman arresting a drunk, wood engraving by Frederick Grosse, published by Edgar Ray and Frederick Sinnett, 1855

Cure for drunkenness

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