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Drink first dims, then darkens, then deadens, then damns.

Drink injures a man externally, internally and eternally.

Don't let the public-house live on your private house.

Stout makes many lean.

Satan's palace --- the gin palace.

Drunkenness turns a man out of himself, and leaves a beast in his room.

Wine has drowned more men than the sea.

The drunkard continually assaults his own life.

Cans of beer cost many a tear.

Strong drink is the devil's way to man, and man's way to the devil.

Ardent spirits are evil spirits.

Liquor talks mighty loud when it gets out of the jug.

There is a devil in every berry of the grape.

A drinking dame --- a sight of shame!

When women consume gin, gin soon consumes them.

The tankard is the greatest thief.

The ale-jug is a great waster.

A drunkard's mouth dries up his pocket.

Purses shrink while workmen drink.

If men would think they would give up drink.

A drop of gin is a drop too much.

Men are strong and hale without strong ale.


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From The Bible;


Be not drunk with wine.


Where there is drink there is danger.


Many a child is hungry because the brewer is rich.


Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.


Why, Lord, sure thou wast wounded in the gin-palace;
thou wast wounded where
sinners meet, in the seat of the scornful; thou wast wounded in the infidel hall.


Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath wounds without a cause? Who hath redness of the eyes?
They that tarry long at the wine; They that go to seek mixed wine.

Look not thou upon the wine when it is red; when it giveth his color in the cup; when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder.


"...The misery and sin caused by drink in these districts have often been told, but these horrors can never be set forth either by pen or artist's pencil.

In the district of Euston Road is one public-house to every 100 people, counting men, women and children. Immediately around our chapel in Orange Street, Leicester Square, are 100 gin-palaces, most of them very large; and these districts are but samples of what exists in all the localities which we have investigated.

Look into one of these glittering saloons, with its motley, miserable crowd, and you may be horrified as you think of the evil that is nightly wrought there; but contrast it with any of the abodes which you find in the fetid courts behind them, and you will wonder no longer that it is crowded. With its brightness, its excitement, and its temporary forgetfulness of misery, it is a comparative heaven to tens of thousands. How can they be expected to resist its temptations? They could not live if they did not drink, even though they know that by drinking they do worse than die.

All kinds of depravity have here their schools. Children who can scarcely walk are taught to steal, and mercilessly beaten if they come back from their daily expeditions without money or money's worth. Many of them are taken by the hand or carried in the arms to the gin-palace, and not seldom may you see mothers urging and compelling their tender infants to drink the fiery liquid.

These particulars indicate but faintly the moral influences from which the dwellers in these squalid regions have no escape, and by which is bred "infancy that knows no innocence, youth without modesty or shame, maturity that is mature in nothing but suffering and guilt, blasted old age that is a scandal on the name we bear."

Andrew Mearns, "The Bitter Cry of Outcast London"