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Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible; please see detailed list of printing issues at the end of the text. The orginal page numbering of each tract has been maintained; for ease of reference, the preparer of the e-text has assigned each tract a letter, and appended the identifying letters to the original page numbers. By ardent spirits, I mean those liquors only which are obtained by distillation from fermented substances of any kind. To their effects upon the bodies and minds of men, the following inquiry shall be exclusively confined. The effects of ardent spirits divide themselves into such as are of a prompt, and such as are of a chronic nature. The former discover themselves in drunkenness; and the latter in a numerous train of diseases and vices of the body and mind. 11. Certain extravagant acts which indicate a temporary fit of madness. Those are singing, hallooing, roaring, imitating the noises of brute animals, jumping, tearing off clothes, dancing naked, breaking glasses and china, and dashing other articles of household furniture upon the ground or floor. After a while the paroxysm of drunkenness is completely formed. The face now becomes flushed, the eyes project, and are somewhat watery, winking is less frequent than is natural; the under lip is protrudedthe head inclines a little to one shoulderthe jaw fallsbelchings and hiccough take placethe limbs totterthe whole body staggers. The unfortunate subject of this history next falls on his seathe looks around him with a vacant countenance, and mutters inarticulate sounds to himselfhe attempts to rise and walk: in this attempt he falls upon his side, from which he gradually turns upon his back: he now closes his eyes and falls into a profound sleep, frequently attended with snoring, and profuse sweats, and sometimes with such a relaxation of the muscles which confine the bladder and the lower bowels, as to produce a symptom which delicacy forbids me to mention. In this condition he often lies from ten, twelve, and twenty-four hours, to two, three, four, and five days, an object of pity and disgust to his family and friends. His recovery from this fit of intoxication is marked with several peculiar appearances. He opens his eyes and closes them againhe gapes and stretches his limbshe then coughs and pukeshis voice is hoarsehe rises with difficulty, and staggers to a chairhis eyes resemble balls of firehis hands tremblehe loathes the sight of foodhe calls for a glass of spirits to compose his stomachnow and then he emits a deep-fetched sigh, or groan, from a transient twinge of conscience; but he more frequently scolds, and curses every thing around him. In this stage of languor and stupidity he remains for two or three days, before he is able to resume his former habits of business and conversation. ......Buy Now (To Read More)
Ebook Number: 27146
Author: American Tract Society
Release Date: Nov 4, 2008
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