Washington says "Alcohol the source of all evil"
"Refrain from drink which is the source of all evil - and the ruin of half the workmen in this Country."
[SOURCE: George Washington - Letter to Thomas Green, March 31, 1789].
George Washington Personal Letter to a Friend:
“I shall not close this letter without exhorting you to refrain from spirituous liquors; they will prove your ruin if you do not.
Consider how little a drunken man differs from a beast;
> the latter is not endowed with reason,
> the former deprives himself of it;
- and when that is the case, acts like a brute, annoying and disturbing every one around him; nor is this all, nor, as it respects himself, the worst of it.
By degrees it renders a person feeble, and not only unable to serve others but to help himself; and being an act of his own, he falls from a state of usefulness into contempt, and at length suffers, if not perishes, in penury and want.
Don’t let this be your case.
Show yourself more of a man and a Christian than to yield to so intolerable a vice, which cannot, I am certain (to the greatest lover of liquor), give more pleasure to sip in the poison (for it is no better) than the consequence of it in bad behavior at the moment, and the more serious evils produced by it afterwards, must give pain.
I am your Friend, George Washington.”
[SOURCE: George Washington Letter of instruction to one of the overseers of his estate while serving his Presidential term in New York. Mrs. C.M. Kirkland, Memoirs of Washington (1857), p. 208].
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