1942-12-31 The Times (Shreveport, LA) Report Made On Liquor in Army Areas 1 cont on 9

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1942-12-31 The Times (Shreveport, LA) Report Made On Liquor in Army Areas 1 cont on 9 - REPORT MADE . ON LIQUOR IN ARMY AREAS DRINKING...
REPORT MADE . ON LIQUOR IN ARMY AREAS DRINKING FOUND NOT TO BE BIG PROBLEM Investigators for OWI Conduct Surveys in Many Camps Washington, Dec. 30 (P). The Office Office of War Information, whose In Vestigatora traveled more than 12,000 miles In a coast-to-coast coast-to-coast coast-to-coast coast-to-coast coast-to-coast survey of drinking conditions in and around army camps, reported today: "There la not excessive drinking among troops, and drinking does not constitute a serious problem." OWI said It undertook the survey "to investigate rumors which have gained wide currency, and to provide the American people with honest and accurate information about the millions of men who are doing their patriotic duty In the armed services." The investigators concluded that: 1. The sale of 3.3 beer in army eamps Is a healthy and sensible arrangement. arrangement. The fact that there is vastly less drinking among soldiers In this war than in the last a fact almost universally agreed to by commanders commanders and civilian authorities alike may step in part from this sale of beer in camps. In the last war camps were bone dry. As a result, result, bootleggers did a thriving business. 2. No American army in all history has been so orderly. Conceding "hazards and pitfalls" In any investigation of the liquor problem, OWI commented: "First, various imponderables do k not lend themselves to statistics. Second, much of the testimony Is necessarily suspect: wishful thinking and pre-judgment pre-judgment pre-judgment have a way of interfering interfering With factual reporting on moral issues. This is true of both convinced weta and convinced drys. They have, in sandlot language, already already chosen sides. .:: 'i "For that reason, any particular Item of evidence may represent the! opinion of a prejudiced witness, or be true for only a certalnnrea where problem are less pressing than In other areas. But weight of evidence weight of evidence collected from many sources and in all sections tips the scales Inescapably this American army may not be the best in the history of armies but it la certainly the best behaved." The touring inveatigators made first-hand first-hand first-hand observation of conditions and obtained evidence from commanding commanding .officers, provost marshals, chaplains, community leaders, may- may- (Continued On lae Nine) PRAISE LIQUOR CONTROL IN LA. Wholesalers of Slate Are Given Pat on the Back by OWI Report 1 a P. at the has to

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  1. The Times,
  2. 31 Dec 1942, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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