HC Deb 27 February 1919 vol 112 c1940
36. Major NALL

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been drawn to the increased drinking of methylated spirits amongst women; and what steps he proposes to take to discourage or prevent this regrettable practice?


I am aware that cases of methylated spirit drinking have recently been attracting public attention. It is, unfortunately, not a new evil. The question whether further preventive measures are practicable has received most careful consideration, but it is to be doubted whether any means can be found of protecting against themselves those addicted to the habit.


Would the right hon. Gentleman say what difference there is between methylated spirits and the whisky sold for public consumption?


I have not tried methylated spirits, and I do not therefore know. [Hon. Members: "Try the whisky!"]