THE Committee of Fifty has undertaken to obtain a body of facts bearing upon the liquor problem in its various aspects. One sub-committee has been studying some of the numerous physiological questions which liquor has raised; another has investigated and reported upon liquor legislation in the United States; a third is studying some of the ethical aspects of the problem; the present investigation attempts to deal with some of the economic aspects of this protean question.
It should be clearly understood at the outset that this report does not attempt to cover all of the phases of the liquor problem which may have an economic bearing. The important subjects treated in the 12th Annual Report of the Federal Department of Labor, and relating principally to the production and consumption of liquor and the amount contributed by the traffic towards taxation, were, from the beginning, excluded from our investigation, because they were already provided for. Nor did we attempt to duplicate