HC Deb 17 February 1927 vol 202 cc1082-3

asked the Home Secretary whether his attention has been called to a compensation case in Yorkshire in which it was stated that nystagmus was improved by excessive drinking; and whether he possesses any reliable information as to the effect of stimulants on this malady?


I have no knowledge of the case mentioned by the hon. Member, but I would refer him to the findings of the Miners' Nystagmus Committee of the Medical Research Council, who deal with this subject, on page 50 of their First Report. It appears that, while large doses of alcohol may have a very transient effect in lessening for an hour or so, the oscillations of the eyes, the influence of alcohol, generally speaking, is markedly harmful and delays recovery.