Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Thora Hands
    Pages 1-10 Open Access
  3. Drinkers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Thora Hands
      Pages 13-24 Open Access
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      Pages 25-40 Open Access
    4. Thora Hands
      Pages 41-48 Open Access
    5. Thora Hands
      Pages 49-55 Open Access
  4. Drinks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Thora Hands
      Pages 59-68 Open Access
    3. Thora Hands
      Pages 69-83 Open Access
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      Pages 85-91 Open Access
  5. Drinking in Victorian and Edwardian Britain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Thora Hands
      Pages 95-112 Open Access
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      Pages 113-127 Open Access
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      Pages 129-143 Open Access
    5. Thora Hands
      Pages 145-157 Open Access
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      Pages 159-164 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 165-195

About this book


This open access book surveys drinking in Britain between the Licensing Act of 1869 and the wartime regulations imposed on alcohol production and consumption after 1914. This was a period marked by the expansion of the drink industry and by increasingly restrictive licensing laws. Politics and commerce co-existed with moral and medical concerns about drunkenness and combined, these factors pushed alcohol consumers into the public spotlight. Through an analysis of public and private records, medical texts and sociological studies, the book investigates the reasons why Victorians and Edwardians consumed alcohol in the ways that they did and explores the ideas about alcohol that circulated in the period.  This book shows that they had many reasons for purchasing and consuming alcoholic substances and these were driven by broader social, cultural, medical and commercial factors. Although drunkenness may have been the most visible consequence of alcohol consumption, it was not the only type of drinking behaviour. Alcohol played an important social role in the everyday lives of Victorians and Edwardians where its consumption held many different meanings.


Alcohol Consumption Drunkenness Nineteenth century Twentieth century Licensing Act Moral Alcohol industry Medical history Social history Temperance Open access

Authors and affiliations

  • Thora Hands
    • 1
  1. 1.Social SciencesCity of Glasgow CollegeGlasgowUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-92963-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-92964-4
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