Medicine: Child Dipsomaniacs

The stories of 20 habitual child drunkards, age 5 to 14, were told by Dr. Reginald S. Lourie in the American Jour nal of Orthopsychiatry. They were cases from Manhattan's Children Court (121 child dipsomaniacs in one year), Bellevue Hospital (30 cases from 1936 to 1941) and the Children's Society.

Why Children Drink. 'The cases fell into five main classes: 1) children who drank to escape an unbearable situation; 2) children whose drinking was an expression of their attitude toward others, e.g., a boy drinking to spite his drunken father; 3) "latent or...

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