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James Kneale gives evidence before House of Commons Health Committee Inquiry into alcohol

Headline stories disguise long history and wide geographical variations in drinking

James Kneale gives evidence before House of Commons Health Committee Inquiry into alcohol

Dr James Kneale was invited to present written and verbal evidence on the historical contexts of alcohol consumption to the House of Commons Health Committee with other representatives of the ESRC's network on Intoxicants And Intoxication In Cultural And Historical Perspective.

He argued that it is not particularly helpful  to talk of a 'British attitude to drinking', since there has been considerable geographical variation as well as a good deal of historical change. Drinking has been declining since the late seventeenth century, and Britain was quite 'dry' between the 1880s and the late 1960s. While the recent boom in the 'night-time economy' has tended to attract attention, the revival of drinking predates alcopops and megapubs. In fact increasing consumption is probably a reflection not simply of free trade policies or rising numbers of licensed premises. It is also a consequence of post-war affluence and changing consumer habits - particularly the rise of domestic drinking, supermarkets, and the new popularity of wine. James concluded that we need to work out why people drink – including why an increasing number of British adults don't do so.

 

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ESRC network:
http://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/academic_staff/projects/intoxication/index.html


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