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Alcohol and moral regulationPublic attitudes, spirited measures and Victorian hangovers$
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Henry Yeomans

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309932

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309932.001.0001

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Alcohol, Crime and Disorder

Alcohol, Crime and Disorder

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(p.167) Six Alcohol, Crime and Disorder
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Alcohol and moral regulation
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Henry Yeomans

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447309932.003.0006

With a specific concern for the period from the 1980s to the 2000s, this chapter examines how the connection of alcohol to crime and disorder is understood and addressed through regulation. It considers the construction of drinking as a crime problem with reference to violence, anti-social behaviour, football hooliganism and binge drinking. Importantly, it confronts the narrative of de-regulation, usually used to describe alcohol policies in this period, and demonstrates that, while some licensing controls were relaxed, other forms of alcohol regulation were actually intensified. Furthermore, this chapter explores the historical roots of recent public attitudes and forms of regulation in the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   crime, disorder, Licensing Act 2003, alcohol, binge drinking, de-regulation

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