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The Politics of Alcohol: A History of the Drink Question in England

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, in ... More

Keywords: drinking, social risks, alcohol, 24-hour licensing, binge drinking, supermarkets, national identity, individual freedom, political philosophy, public policy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780719077050
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719077050.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Nicholls, author