Saying: The man who drinks whiskey before he is forty is a fool . . .

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Wed Sep 4 08:03:32 UTC 2013

Journal of Social Science : Containing the Proceedings of the American Association., December 1900, no. 38, page 127:

The best judges of the proper use or abuse of alcohol are medical men, who carefully note causes and effect. I would rather have personally observed facts than whole tomes of theories. In youth alcohol is of no benefit: it is harmful. In the aged it is a blessing, if used properly. Some one has said, " A man is a fool who drinks before he is fifty, and a blank fool who does not do so moderately thereafter." Whiskey should be taken by the aged when overcome with fatigue and before taking food, as a tired man has a tired stomach; and a small portion of the stimulant will lift up the vitality and make good digestion possible.

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Without the booze from Edward Young in 1726:

        • Be wise with speed;
A fool at forty is a fool indeed.
                • Satire II, l. 282.

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