The relations between alcohol and criminality have been considered by many students of such subjects, and figures relating thereto have been worked out by more than one observer. But these figures have applied either to some large city, or to England and Wales as a whole. No statistics have been (so far as I know) compiled for such a county as Stafford. In this paper I have endeavoured to supply this omission, having had some opportunity of considering the question while serving as Medical Officer of H.M. Prison at Stafford. The county of Stafford is, in some respects, peculiar, inasmuch as the density of its population varies greatly in different districts, and its industries are very diverse. The extreme south of the county abuts on Birmingham, and considerable parts of the county area are now contained in “Greater Birmingham.” In the south and south-west of the county are the various towns and districts which make up the “Black Country.” Towards the north of the county lies the densely-populated area of the “Potteries.” Mining districts are scattered in various parts, and there are two boroughs with distinctive industries of their own—Stafford (boots and shoes), and Burton-on-Trent (the metropolis of beer). The remainder of the county consists of agricultural and grazing land.
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