Punch,  43 (1862), 118.

Compulsory Eating and Drinking

John Brown


Letter, Spoof


Nutrition, Narcotics, Politics, Medical Treatment, Nutrition, Homeopathy, Quackery, Morality, Temperance, Societies

    Criticises the tyrannical approach to reform taken by temperance societies, including the United Kingdom Temperance Alliance. Speculates on the consequences of vegetarians, publicans, homeopathists, and quacks adopting similarly drastic measures. For example, expects that vegetarians and 'consumers of animal food' would each seek legislation against the other, that there would be cries of grievance expressed by homeopaths and hydropaths about each other, and that wars would be waged between rival vendors of 'infallible remedies'. Concludes by insisting that 'the days of prohibition are over' and wants 'Free Trade in eating and drinking'. Defending the right of people to do as they please, rejects the 'moral and dietectic guidance' by the Temperance Alliance.

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