Alcohol and Moral Regulation: Public Attitudes, Spirited by Henry Yeomans

By Henry Yeomans

Alcohol intake is often defined as a latest, worsening and primarily British social challenge that calls for radical remedial rules. proficient by means of old examine and sociological research, this ebook takes an leading edge and fresh examine how Public attitudes and the law of Alcohol have constructed via time. It argues that, instead of a reaction to tendencies in intake or damage, ongoing anxieties approximately Alcohol are top understood as 'Hangovers' derived, specifically, from the Victorian interval. The fabricated from numerous years of study, this publication goals to aid readers think again their understandings of ingesting. As such, it's crucial analyzing for college students, teachers and a person with a significant curiosity in Britain's 'drink problem'.

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See: Prior, Lindsay, ‘Following in Foucault’s Footsteps’, in Silverman, David (ed) Qualitative Research, London: Sage Publications, 1997, pp 64-65. 136 Bryman, Alan, Social Research Methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, p 381; Matthews, Bob, and Ross, Liz, Research Methods, Harlow: Pearson, 2010, pp 278-279. 137 Bingham, Adrian, Family Newspapers? Sex, Private Lives and the British Popular Press, 1918–1978, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, p 11. 138 I very deliberately say ‘skewed towards’ rather than ‘determined by’ dominant groups.

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 portrayal of drinking as essentially corrosive, the tragic depiction of the problem and the plea for self-discipline allude to a new seriousness in debates about alcohol. Interestingly, Nicholson’s poem also associates temperance with the use of alcoholic drinks only, making no mention of food, sex or any other potentially de-moralising influence. Other, more vivid illustrations of changing attitudes to drink were also produced in this decade. In 1826, The Times printed a damning report on America’s drinking habits, which was originally published in the New York Inquirer.

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