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The Drunkard's Progress, or the Direct Road to Poverty, Wretchedness & Ruin: The Confirmed Drunkard (1826)

Hand-colored engraving by John Warner Barber (1798-1885), printed in New Haven, Connecticut. Biblical quotation above the image: "Who hath wo? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath wounds without cause? ... They that tarry long at the wine. Prov. 23" [Proverbs 23]. The father is intoxicated on the floor, while his wife and children are afraid, and the home is falling apart. Below the image is a recitation of the effects of alcoholism: "Beastly Intoxication, Loss of Character, Loss of Natural Affection, Family Suffering, Brutality, Misery, Disease, Mortgages, Sheriffs, Writs &c." (Source: Printed Ephemera Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Image edited by Dr. Douglas J Lanska.)

Associated Disorders

  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Alcohol withdrawal seizures
  • Alcoholic cerebellar degeneration
  • Alcoholic myopathy
  • Alcoholic neuropathy
  • Alcoholic pellagra
  • Autonomic hyperactivity
  • Central pontine myelinolysis
  • Cerebral contusion
  • Delirium tremens
  • Epidural hematoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
  • Hyponatremia
  • Korsakoff psychosis
  • Marchiafava-Bignami syndrome
  • Subdural hematoma
  • Substance abuse
  • Wernicke encephalopathy
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome