CONFERENCES: Storm in a Wineglass

"Everywhere else in the world," boasted a Frenchman last week, "people get drunk seldom, but in a spectacular way. In France we never get drunk; we're just always slightly intoxicated."

To remedy this situation, 300 delegates from 25 lands gathered in Paris last week for the 24th International Congress Against Alcoholism. Flower-hatted old teapots from English vicarages, prune-juice-quaffing prohibitionists representing teetotalers from Finland to Madagascar, they seemed to divide into two categories: 1) the All-Drys, mainly British and Scandinavian; 2) the Half-Wets, preponderantly French.

Is Alcohol Sin? The All-Drys opened up with...

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