For an address upon the cause, condition, prevention and cure of drunkenness we find in the sacred volume many appropriate texts,—"Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? They that tarry long at the wine." "Wine is a mocker, and strong drink is raging, and whoso is deceived thereby is not wise." "Look not upon the wine, for at the last itbiteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder."
Drunkenness reaches back to the earliest records of our race. Sacred history tells us that the ninth generation from Adam was so besotted and debased that all mankind, save only Noah and his family, were destroyed, and that notwithstanding this terrible judgment, soon after the waters of the great flood had subsided, he planted vineyards, made wine, got drunk, and cursed his son with a grievous curse for beholding the nakedness of his debauch. All down the ages, in palace and cottage,