Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers

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Author: Arthur Brisbane

There Is No Such Thing as Moderate Drinking at a Bar.

You THINK you can take your occasional drink safely and philosophize about the procession that passes the bartender.

But the bartender KNOWS that you are no different from the others. They all began as you are beginning. They all, in the early stages, despised their own forerunners.

They were once as you are, and the bartender KNOWS that the chances are all in favor of your being eventually like one of them.

Even like the poor, thin, nervous drinker of hard whiskey, who once wondered why men drink too much. ----

The bartender’s procession is a sad one, and you who still think yourself safe are the saddest atom in the line, for you are there without sufficient excuse.

It is a long procession, and its end is far off.

It is born of the fact that life is dull, competition is keen, and ambition so often ends in sawdust failure.

A better chance for strugglers, a more generous reward for hard work, better organization of social life, solution of the great unsolved problem of real civilization, will end the bartender’s procession.

Meanwhile, keep out of it if you can. And be glad if it can be suspended, temporarily at least, on Sundays.

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Chicago: Arthur Brisbane, "There Is No Such Thing as Moderate Drinking at a Bar.," Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers in Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers (New York: The Century Co., 1899), Original Sources, accessed May 28, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VGRMANJNEYN2B7.

MLA: Brisbane, Arthur. "There Is No Such Thing as Moderate Drinking at a Bar." Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers, in Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers, New York, The Century Co., 1899, Original Sources. 28 May. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VGRMANJNEYN2B7.

Harvard: Brisbane, A, 'There Is No Such Thing as Moderate Drinking at a Bar.' in Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers. cited in 1899, Editorials from the Hearst Newspapers, The Century Co., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 28 May 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=3VGRMANJNEYN2B7.