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By Henry Yeomans

Alcohol intake is often defined as a latest, worsening and notably British social challenge that calls for radical remedial rules. proficient by way of ancient examine and sociological research, this e-book takes an leading edge and fresh examine how Public attitudes and the legislation of Alcohol have built via time. It argues that, instead of a reaction to traits in intake or damage, ongoing anxieties approximately Alcohol are most sensible understood as 'Hangovers' derived, particularly, from the Victorian interval. The made of numerous years of analysis, this publication goals to aid readers reassess their understandings of ingesting. As such, it really is crucial interpreting for college students, lecturers and a person with a significant curiosity in Britain's 'drink problem'.

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15 ‘Profile: Chief Constable Peter Fahy’, BBC News, 18 August 2007. 16 See: Donaldson, Annual Report. , Alcohol and the State, London: Nicholson and Watson, 1940, pp 331-335. q=attitudes 19 While I sometimes refer to Britain or the British in this book, the focus here is on the legal jurisdiction of England and Wales. The book will likely hold some relevance for those interested in the ‘drink problem’ in other parts of the British Isles, but no specific attempts are made to investigate drinking in other areas.

38 The widespread beliefs that, to borrow from the Covent Garden Journal, the Gin Act 1751 had ‘very considerable [sic] lessened 41 Alcohol and moral regulation the pernicious Practice of Gin-drinking’39 was not therefore entirely accurate. The ‘gin panics’, therefore, appeared as an exaggerated or disproportionate reaction, which resulted in an episode of mass opprobrium about a specific type of behaviour. 40 As discussed in Chapter One, there appears some ontological distance between attitudes towards alcohol and actual drinking habits.

While outcry was loud, there was very limited organised campaigning for legal change or efforts to reform gin-drinkers. Despite Barr’s claims, it is difficult to see the beginnings of an anti-alcohol social movement within this period. The ‘temperance reformation’ Shifting attitudes in the 1820s Traditional notions of temperance continued to be apparent in the early 19th century. In 1814, the Liverpool Mercury published the story of Thomas Wood from Billericay who, being affected by ‘frequent sickness of the stomach ...

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