A Cultural History of Alcohol

Author: Iain Gately

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440631269

Category: Cooking

Page: 560

View: 6189

A spirited look at the history of alcohol, from the dawn of civilization to the modern day Alcohol is a fundamental part of Western culture. We have been drinking as long as we have been human, and for better or worse, alcohol has shaped our civilization. Drink investigates the history of this Jekyll and Hyde of fluids, tracing mankind's love/hate relationship with alcohol from ancient Egypt to the present day. Drink further documents the contribution of alcohol to the birth and growth of the United States, taking in the War of Independence, the Pennsylvania Whiskey revolt, the slave trade, and the failed experiment of national Prohibition. Finally, it provides a history of the world's most famous drinks-and the world's most famous drinkers. Packed with trivia and colorful characters, Drink amounts to an intoxicating history of the world.


A Social and Cultural History

Author: Mack Holt

Publisher: Berg

ISBN: 1845201663

Category: History

Page: 246

View: 5567

Why are we so ambivalent about alcohol? Are we torn between our love of a drink and the need to restrict, or even prohibit, alcohol? How did saloon culture arise in the United States? Why did wine become such a ubiquitous part of French culture? Alcohol: A Social and Cultural History examines these questions and many more as it considers how drink has evolved in its functions and uses from the late Middle Ages to the present day in the West. Alcohol has long played an important role in societies throughout history, and understanding its consumption can reveal a great deal about a culture. This book discusses a range of issues, including domestic versus recreational use, the history of alcoholism, and the relationship between alcohol and violence, religion, sexuality, and medicine. It looks at how certain forms of alcohol speak about class, gender and place. Drawing on examples from Europe, North America and Australia, this book provides an overview of the many roles alcohol has played over the past five centuries.


A Cultural History of Drink and Drugs

Author: Stuart Walton

Publisher: Dean Street Press

ISBN: 1911095072

Category: Social Science

Page: 300

View: 9795

“Like any good cocktail, this book brings together tasty ingredients in a delicious mix.” Boston Herald Intoxicology is an addictive investigation into the history and culture of Narcotica - from the everyday use of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco to the illicit realm of opiates, amphetamines, and hallucinogens. The book is a witty and provocative look at why intoxication has always been a part of the human experience - from our earliest Stone Age rituals to the practices of the ancient Greeks and Romans, right on up through the Victorian era and ending with a flourish in modern times - and why the use of mind-altering substances is, and will continue to be, an essential part, however transgressive, of civilization. “An insightful overview of humanity’s historical and cultural attachment to various intoxicants...it deserves a prominent place in the emerging discussion reshaping understanding and policies regarding intoxication and the use of drugs and alcohol.”Kirkus Reviews (starred) “Walton is particularly, and convincingly, engrossing, an elegant and forceful stylist.” Guardian “Hilariously well-versed...Walton’s wit is deliciously dry.” Seattle Weekly “A fluent plea for legalisation, by the only wine writer ever to admit that one of the best things about wine is the fact that it gets you pissed.” Class “Irvine Welsh and Stuart Walton have done more than most writers to change our attitudes to drug use.” Independent “It is the most refreshing book ever published on the subject...beautifully written.” Big Issue “Reading Stuart Walton's prose is a bit like going on some kind of trip. His erudition is dizzying.” Mail on Sunday “True to its theme, Walton's compelling and trenchant polemic is apt to induce a welter of sensations.” Evening Standard

Mud, Sweat and Beers

A Cultural History of Sport and Alcohol

Author: Tony Collins,Wray Vamplew

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781859735534

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

View: 1357

Short-listed for the North American Society for Sport History Book Award 2003 Alcohol is never far from sporting events. Although popular thinking on the effects of drinking has changed considerably over time, throughout history sport and alcohol have been intimately linked. The Victorians, for example, believed that beer helped to build stamina, whereas today any serious athlete must abstain from the 'demon drink'. Yet despite current prohibitions and the widespread acceptance of alcohol's deleterious effects, the uneasy alliance of sport with alcohol remains culturally entrenched. It is common for sporting celebrities to struggle with alcoholism, and teams are often encouraged to 'bond' by drinking together. Indeed, many of today's major sporting sponsors are breweries and manufacturers of alcoholic drinks. From hooliganism to commerce, from advertising and sponsorship to health and fitness, if there is one thing that brings athletes, fans and financial backers together it must be beer. This cultural history of drinking and sport examines the roles masculinity, class and regional identity play in alcohol consumption at a broad range of matches, races, courses and competitions. Offering a fresh perspective on the culture and commerce of sporting events, this book will be essential reading for cultural historians, anthropologists and sociologists, and anyone interested in sport.


A Social and Cultural History

Author: Mack P. Holt

Publisher: Berg Publishers

ISBN: 9781845201654

Category: Cooking

Page: 246

View: 6086

This work examines how alcohol has evolved in its functions and uses in the late Middle Ages to the present day in the West. It discusses a range of issues, including domestic versus recreational use, the history of alcoholism and the relationship between alcohol and violence.


A social and cultural history of the drink that changed our lives

Author: Rod Phillips

Publisher: Infinite Ideas

ISBN: 1910902470

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 7617

Wine looks at how wine has been used to demarcate social groups and genders, how wine has shaped facets of social life as diverse as medicine, religion, and military activity, how vineyards have transformed landscapes, and how successive innovations in wine packaging have affected and been affected by commerce and consumption.

The politics of alcohol

A history of the drink question in England

Author: James Nicholls

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847797075

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 4552

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. In The politics of alcohol, newly available in paperback, Nicholls 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, he 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. He 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. The politics of alcohol presents a wide-ranging, accessible and critically illuminating 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, it will provide essential reading for anyone interested in either the history of alcohol consumption, alcohol policy or the complex social questions posed by drinking today.


A Social History of America

Author: Andrew Barr

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780756753214

Category: Cooking

Page: 466

View: 1807

The consumption of alcoholic drink has played a major role in American history. For colonists, it served to assert independence; for warring states, to affirm local diversity or national unity; for democrats, equality; for immigrants, identity; for women, emancipation; for the wealthy, status; for the country as a whole, civilization. This book attempts to explain this dichotomy, the tendency to swing from one extreme to another, from prohibition to license, from abstinence to revelry, from condemnation to celebration. Also looks at American culture through the prism of alcohol, to try to understand the history of the U.S. through its attitudes to liquor & its changing tastes in drink.

Drink, Power, and Cultural Change

A Social History of Alcohol in Ghana, C. 1800 to Recent Times

Author: Emmanuel Kwaku Akyeampong

Publisher: James Currey

ISBN: 9780852556238

Category: Drinking of alcoholic beverages

Page: 189

View: 1325

This analysis of the social history of alcohol in Ghana since the early 19th century blends the approaches of history, anthropology, social medicine, theology and political science. Sources used include proverbs, music, comic opera, popular literature, photographs, and colonial archives.


A History

Author: Rod Phillips

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 1469617617

Category: Cooking

Page: 384

View: 9468

Whether as wine, beer, or spirits, alcohol has had a constant and often controversial role in social life. In his innovative book on the attitudes toward and consumption of alcohol, Rod Phillips surveys a 9,000-year cultural and economic history, uncovering the tensions between alcoholic drinks as healthy staples of daily diets and as objects of social, political, and religious anxiety. In the urban centers of Europe and America, where it was seen as healthier than untreated water, alcohol gained a foothold as the drink of choice, but it has been more regulated by governmental and religious authorities more than any other commodity. As a potential source of social disruption, alcohol created volatile boundaries of acceptable and unacceptable consumption and broke through barriers of class, race, and gender. Phillips follows the ever-changing cultural meanings of these potent potables and makes the surprising argument that some societies have entered "post-alcohol" phases. His is the first book to examine and explain the meanings and effects of alcohol in such depth, from global and long-term perspectives.

Alcohol in Popular Culture

An Encyclopedia

Author: Rachel Black

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313380488

Category: Cooking

Page: 229

View: 9617

Provides information about varieties of alcohol, from liquor to wine, and also looks at the impact of alcohol in American popular culture.


A Cultural History of America's Infamous Liquor

Author: Jaime Joyce

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 0760345848

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 5040

DIVIn Moonshine: A Cultural History of America’s Infamous Liquor, writer Jaime Joyce takes readers on an intoxicating tour of the enduring phenomena of moonshine in America./div


The Many Meanings of Intoxication and Drunkenness

Author: Peter Kelly,Jenny Advocat,Lyn Harrison,Christopher Hickey

Publisher: Monash University Publishing

ISBN: 098065128X

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 252

View: 8004

Everyone knows what intoxication and drunkenness are, what they look like, how to define and measure them and what their consequences are. At least we might assume so given the ways these words are used by the media, by politicians and policy makers and by various medical, educational and legal experts in Australia and around the world. A whole variety of concerns about young people, individual and public health, road safety, sexual assault and violence are connected to these taken-for-granted understandings of intoxication and drunkenness. Drawing on an extensive review of research from bio-medicine, psychology, sociology and legal studies, and from news media reporting, the authors reveal a far more complex picture. This is a picture marked by little agreement on how to define intoxication and drunkenness, how to measure intoxication, what getting drunk means to those who drink (including young people, men and women and people from different cultural and national backgrounds), and where responsibility lies for many of the individual, social, medical and legal consequences of intoxication and drunkenness. Smashed! presents an overview of the history of these concerns and an extensive account of the many meanings of intoxication and drunkenness at the start of the 21st century. It provides a valuable resource for researchers, policy makers, the media and members of the community who are involved in these ongoing, often emotive, debates.


Science, Policy and Public Health

Author: Peter Boyle,Paolo Boffetta,Albert B. Lowenfels,Harry Burns,Otis Brawley,Witold Zatonski,Jürgen Rehm

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191665347

Category: Medical

Page: 448

View: 607

Alcohol has always been an issue in public health but it is currently assuming increasing importance as a cause of disease and premature death worldwide. Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health provides an interdisciplinary source of information that links together, the usually separate fields of, science, policy, and public health. This comprehensive volume highlights the importance of bringing scientific knowledge to bear in order to strengthen and develop alcohol public policy. The book looks at the historical evolution of alcohol consumption in society, key early studies of alcohol and disease, and the cultural and social aspects of alcohol consumption. It then goes on to cover the chemistry and biology of alcohol, patterns of consumption, gender and age-related issues, alcohol and injury, alcohol and cancer and non-malignant disease, and various current therapeutic aspects. The book concludes with a section on alcohol policy, looking at issues of poverty, the availability of alcohol and alcohol control measures. This major reference, written by international leaders in the fields of alcoholism and alcohol policy, provides a comprehensive study of one of the foremost health problems in the world, and represents the highest standards of research within the field. It will be valuable to physicians and health professionals involved with patients with alcohol-related problems, scientists, public health specialists, health policy specialists, researchers and legislators as well as students of public health.


Social Drinking in Cultural Context

Author: Janet Chrzan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135095353

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

View: 4251

Alcohol: Social Drinking in Cultural Context critically examines alcohol use across cultures and through time. This short text is a framework for students to self-consciously examine their beliefs about and use of alcohol, and a companion text for teaching the primary concepts of anthropology to first-or second year college students.

Das verlorene Wochenende

Author: Charles Jackson

Publisher: Dörlemann eBook

ISBN: 3908778441

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9397

Manhattan 1936, East Side. Don Birnam trinkt. Und der Schriftsteller hat längst jenen Punkt erreicht, an dem »ein Drink zu viel ist und hundert nicht genügen«. Seit dem letzten Absturz kaum wieder auf den Beinen, widersetzt er sich erfolgreich allen Versuchen seines Bruders Wick, ihn zu einem langen Wochenende auf dem Land zu überreden, und bleibt fünf Tage in der gemeinsamen Wohnung allein. Dort nimmt das Schicksal seinen Lauf: Don trinkt, beschafft sich Geld, verliert es, besorgt sich neues, landet auf der Alkoholstation, trinkt weiter. Schwankend zwischen Euphorie und Verzweiflung, Selbsterkenntnis und Selbsttäuschung, Inspiration und Panik, glasklarem Denken und tiefer Umnachtung, fällt Don zunehmend ins Delirium.

A History of Drink and the English, 1500–2000

Author: Paul Jennings

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317209176

Category: History

Page: 218

View: 4095

A 2017 CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title award winner *********************************************** This book is an introduction to the history of alcoholic drink in England from the end of the Middle Ages to the present day. Treating the subject thematically, it covers who drank, what they drank, how much, who produced and sold drink, the places where it was enjoyed and the meanings which drinking had for people. It also looks at the varied opposition to drinking and the ways in which it has been regulated and policed. As a social and cultural history, it examines the place of drink in society and how social developments have affected its history and what it meant to individuals and groups as a cultural practice. Covering an extended period in time, this book takes in the important changes brought about by the Reformation and the processes of industrialization and urbanization. This volume also focuses on drink in relation to class and gender and the importance of global developments, along with the significance of regional and local difference. Whilst a work of history, it draws upon the insights of a range of other disciplines which have together advanced our understanding of alcohol. The focus is England, but it acknowledges the importance of comparison with the experience of other countries in furthering our understanding of England’s particular experience. This book argues for the centrality of drink in English society throughout the period under consideration, whilst emphasizing the ways in which its use, abuse and how they have been experienced and perceived have changed at different historical moments. It is the first scholarly work which covers the history of drink in England in all its aspects over such an extended period of time. Written in a lively and approachable style, this book is suitable for those who study social and cultural history, as well as those with an interest in the history of drink in England.

Religion and Wine

A Cultural History of Wine Drinking in the United States

Author: Robert C. Fuller

Publisher: Univ. of Tennessee Press

ISBN: 9780870499111

Category: Cooking

Page: 140

View: 8396

Wine, more than any other food or beverage, is intimately associated with religious experience and celebratory rituals. Nowhere is this seen more clearly than in American cultural history. From the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock to the Franciscans and Jesuits who pioneered California's Mission Trail, many American religious groups have required wine to perform their sacraments and enliven their evening meals. This book tells the story of how viniculture in America was started and sustained by a broad spectrum of religious denominations. In the process, it offers new insights into the special relationship between wine production and consumption and the spiritual dimension of human experience.