Haughton, James. 'On the connexion between intemperance and crime'. - Dublin: Transactions of the Dublin Statistical Society,Vol. I Session 2, 1848/1849, pp1-9
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. I Session 2 1848/1849
I have for some time past felt desirous to bring before the
society some statistics relative to Crime and Intemperance. On
sitting down to this task, greater difficulties than I had anticipated
presented themselves, arising in great measure from the
multiplicity of documents which prove the intimate relation
between these two evils, and from the absence of that clear proof
of the facts stated, upon which the real value of statistical information
My attention has never been much turned to the collection of
facts, or to the demonstrative proof of facts. Like, perhaps, most
other readers, I have contented myself with taking for granted
the statements of writers; often, I fear, made without patient
investigation, or upon data not subjected to sufficiently precise
On turning my attention to the subject, the difficulties I have
just referred to soon presented themselves. I have laboured to
counteract them; to avoid exaggeration and amplification; and
so to sift facts as to arrive at the exact truth, and I shall now
endeavour to give you some correct idea of the connexion which
exists between the crimes that deface the social fabric, and those
drinking customs which so universally prevail; and so to perform
this task, as to prove that I have not undertaken it with a view
of sustaining any preconceived theory, at the expense of truth.
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