Demons: Our changing attitudes to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs by Virginia Berridge

Demons: Our changing attitudes to alcohol, tobacco, and drugs

byVirginia Berridge

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Tabloid headlines attack the binge drinking of young women. Debates about the classification of cannabis continue, while major public health campaigns seek to reduce and ultimately eliminate smoking through health warnings and legislation. But the history of public health is not a simple oneof changing attitudes resulting from increased medical knowledge, though that has played a key role, for instance since the identification of the link between smoking and lung cancer. As Virginia Berridge shows in this fascinating exploration, attitudes to public health, and efforts to change it,have historically been driven by social, cultural, political, and economic and industrial factors, as well as advances in science. They have resulted in different responses to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco at different times, in different parts of the world.Opium dens in London, temperance and prohibition movements, the appearance of new recreational drugs in the 20th century, the changing attitudes to smoking: by taking us through such examples, moulded by socio-economic and political forces, including the growing power of pharmaceutical companies,Berridge illuminates current debates. While our medical knowledge has advanced, other factors help shape our responses, as they have done in the past.

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Virginia Berridge is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She has published widely on the history of illicit drugs, smoking, and alcohol and has worked in both historical and non-historical settings.
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Title:Demons: Our changing attitudes to alcohol, tobacco, and drugsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pagesPublished:November 27, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Past and Present2. Culture: Drugs for all3. Social Movements: Temperance4. Professions: over the counter or disease?5. Fear: the opium den6. Industry7. International arenas8. Prohibition?9. Changing cultures10. Convergence across the substances?