Individuals sometimes become as thoroughly enslaved to the use of strong tea and coffee as do other persons to the use of tobacco, liquor, or opium. An English physician has recently called attention to the fact that "tea-drunkards" are becoming quite common among ladies in that country. The effects of the tea-and-coffee habit have been fully described elsewhere. The treatment consists in their thorough abandonment, with the determined resolution never to resort to their use under any circumstances. Most persons can readily overcome the habit by gradually diminishing the strength of the beverage, and then substituting wheat or bran coffee, crust coffee, clover tea, or some similar drink equally innocent. The severe headache, lassitude, and general depression, of which ladies sometimes complain when deprived of their accustomed cup of tea or coffee, affords the strongest evidence of the injurious effect of these beverages.

These symptoms may generally be relieved by the application of fomentations to the back of the neck or shoulders, with a hot foot bath, and fomentations over the stomach. The application of either form of electricity to the back of the head or spine will also generally give speedy relief to these symptoms. If nothing whatever is done, they will soon vanish, and the improvement in digestion, in nerve power, and in many other directions, will soon convince patients of the injury which they have suffered from these useless and harmful drinks and the benefit to be derived from their disuse.