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Media, government and binge drinking
James Nicholls

16 Drinking responsibly: media, government and binge drinking Rights and responsibilities are at the heart of the Government’s approach to alcohol. (Safe. Sensible. Social., Department of Health, 2007) The consistent picture which emerges is of a central government which is determined to be toothless with respect to alcohol policy. (Robin Room) During the passage of the Licensing Bill there was some concern over 24hour licensing but the issue in no way dominated public debate. It was not until the start of the following year that the tone changed. Over the

in The politics of alcohol
Author: David W. Gutzke

This is the first book about women’s advance into the man’s world of pub, club and beerhouse that examines drinking habits covering a century and more. Currently, historians view enduring changes in women’s drinking habits as a product of the last half of the twentieth century. Our present understanding of women’s drinking in the first half of the century is based on uncertain assumptions and limited statistical evidence. Scholars have ignored critical differences between pubs and beerhouses which shaped drinking habits. In estimating the proportion of women frequenting interwar licensed premises, scholars rely heavily on statistics from York, Bolton and London without scrutinizing their validity. Overlooking the lounge, a gender-neutral room introduced into interwar improved pubs, likewise creates misunderstanding. Women first began entering drink premises during World War I, and Progressive brewers protected and enlarged their numbers building or rebuilding reformed pubs with wider amenities, interiors without partitions and the lounge as a separate room. New drinking norms reinforced the image of middle-class restraint and respectability. Wine bars targeting professional women appeared from the mid-1970s, but women remained uninterested in drinking beer or frequenting pubs save for the decade from the mid-1980s to mid-1990s. Domestic drinking, already popular, soared from 1990 and reached nearly half of total sales. Women’s public drinking habits were revolutionized in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Female-friendly chains, style bars, clubs and wine bars gave women greater choices than traditional masculine boozers, which steadily contracted in numbers. Wine selections widened, notably from the New World, food became common and gay bars multiplied.

David W. Gutzke

2 Women, war and drinking T hough the two world wars were remarkably similar in drawing larger numbers of women into pubs and beerhouses, their ultimate impact differed greatly. Following the 1918 Armistice, leading brewers, embracing Progressivism and fearful of a backlash against women drinkers, launched the improved public house movement. In the aftermath of the Second World War, in contrast, brewers adopted a resigned attitude, unable to counter powerful societal trends urging women to return home to marriage, family and children. As a result, the trend of

in Women drinking out in Britain since the early twentieth century
Socrates and free speech
Neville Morley

Peterson had been denied a visiting fellowship at Cambridge in 2018, one of his admirers had tweeted: ‘Since when did the pursuit of knowledge and intellectual enlightenment have to conform to the latest fad or zeitgeist orthodoxy of the student body? You have become Athenian jurors to @ jordanbpeterson ’s Socrates: you should drink the hemlock yourselves.’ 3 While such references are incidental to the substantive arguments about free speech and its allegedly endangered status, I want to argue here that they are central to the rhetorical presentation of the wider

in The free speech wars
David W. Gutzke

9 A youth subculture of drinking P ub and club going would become a mainstay of youth culture beginning in the 1980s, with four-fifths of all youths visiting them during the year. The fifteen- to twenty-four-year-olds were ten times more likely to go pubbing or clubbing than other age groups. Half of this age cohort frequented these venues at least monthly, with city centres of huge Northern cities – Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds, the club heartland – easily outdistancing London. From the mid-1990s, introduction of dance music revolutionized night clubs

in Women drinking out in Britain since the early twentieth century
David W. Gutzke

6 Drinking habits of their own P er capita consumption of wine doubled within a decade, rising from 5 (1975) to 10 litres (1985), contributing to what some observers called ‘a wine revolution’. ‘Wine’, remarked John Burnett, ‘has passed from a drink of privilege to one of mass consumption, and Britain has been at least partially converted to an Europeanization of taste’. Symptomatic of wine’s growing popularity were weekly columns in national newspaper detailing recent market developments.1 Soaring wine consumption, however, had not led to new wine bars. Per

in Women drinking out in Britain since the early twentieth century
A case study around an enigmatic pouring vessel
Marta Ajmar

10 Hot-drinking practices in the late Renaissance Italian household: a case study around an enigmatic pouring vessel Marta Ajmar This chapter addresses the relationship and the potential disjuncture between texts, images and objects in the exploration of preventive health practices in the late Renaissance Italian household, focusing on an atypical vessel for the table to open wider questions about the material culture of hot drinking. As Sandra Cavallo and Tessa Storey have clearly articulated in their recent study, a complex set of practices emerging from a

in Conserving health in early modern culture
Norbert Steinhaus

16 Evaluation of quality of drinking water in Romania (science shops) Norbert Steinhaus Context In Romania, most environmental problems, including deterioration of water source quality, have their origin in intensive industrialization and development of agriculture. Until 1990, there were no environmental protection policies/legislation/treatment facilities or accompanying measures in place. Until this case study, there were only a few studies on drinking water quality in the area. Those that existed were limited to questions of to what extent treatment in

in Knowledge, democracy and action
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
A history of the drink question in England
Author: James Nicholls

Questions about drink — how it is used, how it should be regulated, and the social risks it presents — have been a source of sustained and heated dispute in recent years. This book puts these concerns in historical context by providing a detailed and extensive survey of public debates on alcohol from the introduction of licensing in the mid-sixteenth century through to recent controversies over 24-hour licensing, binge drinking, and the cheap sale of alcohol in supermarkets. In doing so, it shows that concerns over drinking have always been tied to broader questions about national identity, individual freedom, and the relationship between government and the market. The book argues that in order to properly understand the cultural status of alcohol, we need to consider what attitudes to drinking tell us about the principles that underpin our modern, liberal society. It presents a wide-ranging guide to the social, political, and cultural history of alcohol in England, covering areas including law, public policy, medical thought, media representations, and political philosophy.