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Alcohol and moral regulationPublic attitudes, spirited measures and Victorian hangovers$
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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

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Temperance and Teetotalism

Temperance and Teetotalism

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Alcohol and moral regulation

Henry Yeomans

Policy Press

This chapter examines the advent of the temperance movement in England and Wales in the late 1820s and its turn to teetotalism in the 1830s. It considers, firstly, the movement’s relationship with earlier instances of public alarm about alcohol, such as the Georgian ‘gin panics’, before, secondly, considering its connections to contextual historical factors such as the spread of evangelicalism and the Beer Act 1830. It is argued that the teetotal temperance movement was distinct, in a number of significant ways, from earlier expressions of public anxiety about alcohol. This was a new project to morally regulate the use of alcohol and hence its emergence, in the 1830s, marks a turning point in how alcohol is understood in this country.

Keywords:   temperance movement, teetotalism, moral regulation, problematisation, gin, Beer Act 1830

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