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Alcohol and moral regulation: Public attitudes, spirited measures and Victorian hangovers

Henry Yeomans


Drinking is frequently described as a contemporary, worsening and peculiarly British social problem that requires radical remedial regulation. Comparative data, however, undermines such views and historical research shows that extreme bouts of alarm about drinking have occurred in this country for at least four centuries. So why is Britain such a fertile breeding ground for public anxieties about alcohol? This innovative book takes a genealogical look at both public attitudes and the regulation of alcohol in England and Wales. It draws on the concept of moral regulation and makes extensive use ... More

Keywords: alcohol, drinking, moral regulation, moral panic, governance, temperance, teetotalism, attitudes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447309932
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309932.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Yeomans, author
University of Leeds