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Virginia Berridge on addictions historiography and models of addiction across Europe
Virginia Berridge on addictions historiography and models of addiction across Europe
James Nicholls on the gin trade liberalisation and debates on the role of the state
James discusses changes to the availability of gin and the increase in city populations with disposable income. He goes on to describe the debate between market freedom and state regulation.
James Nicholls on alcohol in the 18th Century and emerging ideas on the relationship between body and mind
James looks at Cartesian and medical ideas at the time and how they shaped responses to alochol
James Nicholls on the 1830 Beer Act and the rise of teetotalism
 James describes changes to trading, Beer Houses and Gin Palaces, and the emergence of small temperance organisations
James Nicholls on temperance, prohibitionism and ideas of social progress
James discusses the limitations the early temperance movements had on overall consumption. This led to the argument that there was a role for the state in creating change.
James Nicholls on post-reformation alehouses and the policing of public space
 James explains the complex sets of concerns related to the growth of alehouses and asks 'what is the point of drinking'
James Nicholls on the symbolism of wine versus beer in the English civil war
James describes the symbolism and social and religious connotations related to alcohol during the civil war, including how preference for wine or ale could code your political and other allegiences 
James Nicholls on liberalism and the politics of drink in the late nineteenth century
James talks about notions of social progress and conditions created by the state
James Nicholls on the origins of his interest in alcohol studies
 James talks about his interest in social identity and the role of alcohol
Professor Ray Hodgson: Alcohol Research: Through its Life Course
Ray Hodgson talks about biographical details of his career and about evidence based opinions he now holds. In his presentation he covers topics:
- The priming effect of alcohol
- The dodo bird phenomenon
- Pricing of alcohol
- School-based interventions
Virginia Berridge: History and Horizon Scanning: What does the future hold for drugs, alcohol and tobacco?
Virginia Berridge discusses our attitudes to alcohol, tobacco and drugs. How, she asks, are our views on these substances defined, and why do they change? Does popular culture or regulation create our attitudes, and how do those things interact?
James Kneale: Moderate drinking before the unit: Medicine and life assurance in Britain and the US c. 1860-1930
Moderate drinking ceased to be the main goal of the British temperance movement by the 1850s, but the idea of moderation continued to animate discussions here and elsewhere. This was partly the result of ongoing medical research and argument, but it may also have reflected the way these ideas travelled to unfamiliar places – including life assurance offices. A number of different strategies for separating moderate from excessive drinkers emerged from the dialogue between medicine and life assurance, from the teetotal insurance office that ended up giving policies to moderate drinkers to the use of a fixed daily limit by US firms in the early twentieth century. While these ideas of moderation seem to have disappeared into the background for much of the twentieth century, re-emerging as the ‘J-shaped’ curve of today,
these early developments anticipate many of the questions surrounding uses of the ‘unit’ in Britain today: was moderate drinking safe, or simply safer? How did moderation ‘work’ for rival experts, forms of knowledge and types of evidence? And what happened when limits were set by complex networks of actors with different goals?
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Lifeline Project and FEAD
Welcome to Lifeline and FEAD (Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs). This project has been shaped by the wealth of experience, openness, and knowledge of the contributors. You are invited to comment on the clips, which are supported by footnotes to which you can add. FEAD is an ongoing Lifeline Project initiative.

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