Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Alcohol and moral regulationPublic attitudes, spirited measures and Victorian hangovers$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Henry Yeomans

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447309932

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447309932.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM POLICY PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.policypress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Policy Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in PPSO for personal use.date: 05 July 2022

Thinking About Drinking

Thinking About Drinking

(p.1) One Thinking About Drinking
Alcohol and moral regulation

Henry Yeomans

Policy Press

How do we understand alcohol and how do these understandings shape its regulation? ‘Rational’ explanations of this relationship depict public attitudes and regulation as simple products of a straightforward comprehension of the objective social and individual harms which alcohol is causing. This chapter uses historical and comparative evidence to show that the variability of ‘drink problems’ across cultures and historical periods cannot be explained purely in reference to levels of consumption and harm. Instead, drawing on the concept of moral regulation, it is argued that empirical concentration on the problematisation of alcohol and attempts to regulate drinking will yield more satisfactory explanations.

Keywords:   alcohol, drinking, moral regulation, moral panic, problematisation

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.