Virginia Berridge: Addiction through the ages
Posted on 03-09-2013
The paper Virginia discusses surveys the historiography of addiction and the current state of play in historical writing about addiction, primarily to alcohol and drugs, but also tobacco. It reports on the initial findings of a cross-national historical study of concepts being carried out as part of the FP7 ALICE RAP programme. Here cross-national comparison of concepts in the period 1860-1930 shows how many concepts applicable to habitual use of drink and drugs were emergent in these years. The research shows that there were significant differences between the concepts used in different European countries and among the professional and scientific interests which promoted them. The paper concludes that the Anglo American tradition of ‘addiction history’ may have been over dominant and that we need to be more aware of European differences.

Under Control?

Location: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

"Under Control? Alcohol and Drug Regulation, Past and Present"  conference was held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 21-23rd June 2013. Under Control? was supported by the Alcohol Research UK; Bowling Green State University; the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Brock University (Faculty of Applied Health Sciences); the Society for the Study…

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