School of Law

Dr Henry Yeomans' new publication released

23 June 2014 |

Dr Yeomans new book was published on 19 June 2014.

Entitled 'Alcohol and Moral Regulation: Public Attitudes, Spirited Measures and Victorian Hangovers', Dr Yeomans publication analyses public attitudes towards alcohol consumption and the changing nature of the regulation of alcohol through history. He argues that rather than a response to trends in consumption or harm, ongoing anxieties about alcohol are best understood as 'hangovers' deprived, in particular, from the Victorian period. The publication is a product of several years of research, which aims to re-evaluate readers understanding of drinking. 

Reviews of the publication include:

“This is a significant and original work which synthesises a comprehensive grasp of the legal history of alcohol in England with a sensitive application of the relatively new conceptual framework of moral regulation and thus reshapes our understanding of the complex of factors shaping past and present control of alcohol consumption.”

Professor Charles Critcher, Sheffield Hallam University

"This engaging text is a ‘must-read’ for anyone interested in moral panics, and should be read widely by anyone interested more broadly in the medicalisation of society and its problems, or in the practice of ‘legislating for one’s own good’. It is an important and timely study, and should be widely read."

Dr Judith Rowbotham, Director, SOLON, and Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

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