Prescription for the cure of drunkenness (1874)

Original publication: The People's Vindicator (Natchitoches, Louisiana) Date: November 21, 1874
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Prescription for the cure of drunkenness

There is a curious prescription in England for the cure of drunkenness, by which thousands are said to have been assisted in recovering themselves. The recipe came into notoriety through the efforts of John Vine Hall, father of the Rev. Newman Hall and Cap. Vine Hall, commander of the Great Eastern steamship. He had fallen into such habitual drunkenness that his utmost effort to regain himself proved unavailing.

At length, he sought the advice of an eminent physician, who gave him a prescription which he followed faithfully for several months, and at the end of that time, he had lost all desire for liquors, although he had for many years been held captive by a most debasing appetite.

The recipe, which he afterwards published, and by which so many have been assisted to reform, is as follows:

Sulphate of iron, 5 grains; magnesia, 10 grains; peppermint water, 11 grains; spirit of nutmeg, 1 drachm; to be taken twice a day.

This preparation acts as a tonic and stimulant, and so partly supplies the place of the accustomed liquor, and prevents that absolute physical and moral prostration that follows a sudden breaking off from the use of stimulating drinks.

We would advise some of our temperence friends when they have “such bad feelings that they must take something,” to go the nearest drugstore and try the above prescription.


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Source publication: The People's Vindicator (Natchitoches, Louisiana)

Publication date: November 21, 1874


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