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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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Balancing Acts or Spirited Measures?

Balancing Acts or Spirited Measures?

(p.65) Three Balancing Acts or Spirited Measures?
Alcohol and moral regulation

Henry Yeomans

Policy Press

Chapter Three begins to assess the impact of the temperance movement on public attitudes and regulation. It focuses on the new forms of drink regulation established between 1864 and 1872 with a particular concern for the Licensing Act 1872, the basis of much current alcohol regulation. It argues that the campaigns of the teetotal temperance movement were significant in instigating and legitimating the expansion of legal restrictions over the drinks trade. Furthermore, connections are identified between teetotal temperance ideas and the qualitative character of the system of alcohol regulation implemented in this period. The orthodox historical view that the temperance movement accomplished little is thus challenged.

Keywords:   Licensing Act 1872, moral suasion, prohibition, problematisation, regulation, temperance, teetotalism

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