Alcohol and Moral Regulation

Public Attitudes, Spirited Measures and Victorian Hangovers

Henry Yeomans

Alcohol and Moral Regulation

Henry Yeomans

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9781447309932 Published August 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Attitudes toward alcohol—and the extent and rate of its consumption—have undergone considerable changes over the centuries. In the face of contemporary concern with increased drinking, Alcohol and Moral Regulation offers a refreshing historical perspective, explaining that anxieties about alcohol are perhaps best understood as a “hangover” from the Victorian period. Drawing on extensive historical research, the volume puts contemporary attitudes in context, and thus gives scholars and policy makers alike a more nuanced way to approach analyses of, and approaches to, contemporary drinking.
Contents

Thinking about drinking
Temperance and teetotalism
Balancing act or spirited measures?
The apogee of the temperance movement
An age of permissiveness
Alcohol, crime and disorder
Health, harm and risk
Conclusion: spirited measures and Victorian hangovers

Review Quotes
Tiffany Bergin, Kent State University
“Yeomans’s thought-provoking book explores how laws and beliefs regarding alcohol evolved in Britain. The historical analysis is useful for contextualizing present-day debates about alcohol-related issues.”
David Beckingham, Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge | Law, Crime and History
“Yeoman’s enjoyable book offers an important perspective on Britain’s historical relationship with alcohol.”
British Journal of Criminology
“A provocative analysis of the interrelated moral and legal frameworks through which alcohol consumption has been regulated in Britain since the eighteenth century.”
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