( Originally Published 1934 )
Many people indulge in alcoholic liquors; only the exception becomes a chronic drunkard. Undoubtedly there are reasons just why some become addicted to its use and others again do not. Hereditary factors, or more properly speaking, environment frequently, but not always play a part in this.
Common foundationing will be of much help in rehabilitating these chronic cases and also in assisting materially those who are sincere in their desire to reform. As in all addictions, the will power of these subjects is greatly weakened. They easily succumb to the urge or even the temptation for strong beverages. Common foundationing will greatly strengthen the will power of these unfortunates. As the chronic alcoholic indulges more and more, various organs and tissues of his body suffer. This bodily injury is caused by the same factors which give rise to disease in non-alcoholics, with the added irritant influence of the alcoholic over indulgence as an additional cause for injury. There-fore, alcoholics become sick for the same reasons as anyone else merely the result of the injurious influences of a common foundation of disease on these various organs; but intensified by the additional factor of the constant intake of a harmful food excessive indulgence of over irritating alcoholics.
The excessive use of alcoholic beverages helps to lower the resistance of the individual and in conjunction with the inability of such people to protect themselves properly at all times, the chances of encountering situations which tend to lower their resistance are much greater than in other people.