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By Henry Yeomans

Alcohol intake is often defined as a latest, worsening and chiefly British social challenge that calls for radical remedial law. expert by means of ancient learn and sociological research, this booklet takes an cutting edge and fresh examine how Public attitudes and the legislation of Alcohol have constructed via time. It argues that, instead of a reaction to tendencies 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 e-book goals to aid readers reassess their understandings of ingesting. As such, it truly is crucial interpreting for college students, teachers and a person with a significant curiosity in Britain's 'drink problem'.

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See also: Warner, Craze. 68 Ibid, p 255. 69 Harrison, Drink and the Victorians; Shiman, Lilian Lewis, Crusade Against Drink, Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1988. Although Harrison’s timeframe extends only until 1872, his final chapter ‘The End’ comments on the drink problem after that date and into the early years of the 20th century. 70 Shiman, Crusade Against Drink, p 4; Harrison, Drink and the Victorians, pp 393396. 71 Shiman, Crusade Against Drink, pp 1-5 and pp 244-248. P. Thompson’s examination of Methodism in the same period.

The advent of temperance societies, therefore, coincided with a period of licensing reform, most notably engendered by the Beer Act 1830. This was a liberalising piece of legislation, which enabled householders to sell beer without the permission of the local licensing justice. 2 These trends were not unnoticed and, ultimately, the Beer Act 1830 fermented considerable unease about the drinking habits of the population. It was in this context 35 Alcohol and moral regulation of increased availability of alcohol and apparently diminishing social order that the early temperance movement flourished.

In 1826, The Times printed a damning report on America’s drinking habits, which was originally published in the New York Inquirer. 46 Drunkenness was said to be ‘the besetting vice of our country’, affecting not just the ‘low and vulgar’ but also the well heeled and educated. 47 The idea that drunkenness leads to other temptations was not new, but other aspects of the article were novel. Drinking was seen as degrading, it was an ‘indulgence’ and related to ‘sensualities’; these terms indicate an ascetic suspicion of pleasure congruous with the emerging influence of evangelicalism.

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