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Illustration of the Rumseller's just doom and final exit (1835)

The Latin expression "Facilis descensus Averni: sed revocare gradum, Hoc opus, hic labor est." is translated below as "The descent to Perdition is easy--but to retrace one's steps--this is labor--this a task severe." The work is anonymous although the line below the image states: "Engraved by a celebrated London artist." The poem at the bottom reads as follows:

Behold! the soulless wretch—destroyer of his race—
In adamantine Chains—no more to show his face—
His Cup of Sin is full—fast flowing o'er the drim—
His light is quite extinct—there is no hope for him—
Companion of the worm—the victim od despair—
Lost to human sympathy—lost to Christian prayer—
Persued by wrath divine—hurled from the realms of light—
He sinks into the abyss—of one, eternal night. —

(Source: Alcohol, Temperance & Prohibition. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library, Public domain.)

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