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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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The Apogee of the Temperance Movement

The Apogee of the Temperance Movement

(p.97) Four The Apogee of the Temperance Movement
Alcohol and moral regulation

Henry Yeomans

Policy Press

Chapter Four continues the examination of the impact of temperance groups and ideas with an investigation of the period 1914-1921. It considers World War One, during which a host of new restrictions on drink sales were pioneered and various authorities urged citizens, for the good of the nation, to abstain from alcohol. It also analyses the post-war drink settlement in which some wartime restrictions were scrapped but others were retained. Ultimately, it highlights the widespread acceptance in this period of the idea that alcohol was essentially problematic, that teetotalism was largely positive and that both legal restrictions and moral compulsion should be used to govern drinking. The attitudinal and regulatory responses to both war and peace were thus, to an extent, shaped by the temperance movement.

Keywords:   World War One, Licensing Act 1921, temperance, teetotalism, moral regulation

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