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Published: 01 August 2011

288 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719086373

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The politics of alcohol

A history of the drink question in England

James Nicholls

Published by Manchester University Press

  • The only scholarly book on the subject examining the period from the introduction of licensing in 1552 to recent years, covering drink in the Restoration; the 'gin craze'; the Victorian temperance movement; nationalisation during WWI; and the introduction of 24-hour licensing
  • Newly available in paperback
  • Covers recent issues, such as media concerns over cheap supermarket sales, which are not discussed by any other book
  • Provides a comprehensive map of the subject by bringing together a range of themes, including politics and policy; social history; medical history (including the development of ideas around addiction); licensing and other relevant areas of law; the temperance movement; political lobbying; the power of the drinks industry and alcohol in the media
  • Engages with important theoretical issues, such as the questions drink raises for free-market liberalism, the social history of addiction, and individual rights as regards intoxication