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The worship of Bacchus, or, the drinking customs of society, showing how universally the intoxicating liquors are used, upon every occasion in life, from the cradle to the grave.' Images of social drinking juxtaposed with others highlighting the evils of alcohol, the destitute, violent or lunatic, the ill and the orphaned. In the background pubs, breweries and distilleries are set alongside the hospital, canteen, reformatory, police station, lunatic asylum, gaol, workhouse, ragged school and cemetery. In the centre Bacchus sits atop a column of barrels with his companions and a goat. This satire juxtaposes images of social drinking with others highlighting the evils caused by alcohol, such as violence, poverty and illness.
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