The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet by Garrett PeckThe Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet by Garrett Peck

The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult Cabernet

byGarrett Peck

Hardcover | August 5, 2009

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Spirits are all the rage today. Two-thirds of Americans drink, whether they enjoy higher priced call brands or more moderately priced favorites. From fine dining and piano bars to baseball games and backyard barbeques, drinks are part of every social occasion.

In The Prohibition Hangover, Garrett Peck explores the often-contradictory social history of alcohol in America, from the end of Prohibition in 1933 to the twenty-first century. For Peck, Repeal left American society wondering whether alcohol was a consumer product or a controlled substance, an accepted staple of social culture or a danger to society. Today the legal drinking age, binge drinking, the neoprohibitionist movement led by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the 2005 Supreme Court decision in Granholm v. Heald that rejected discriminatory curbs on wine sales, the health benefits of red wine, advertising, and other issues remain highly contested.

Based on primary research, including hundreds of interviews with those on all sides--clergy, bar and restaurant owners, public health advocates, citizen crusaders, industry representatives, and more--as well as secondary sources, The Prohibition Hangover provides a panoramic assessment of alcohol in American culture. Traveling through the California wine country, the beer barrel backroads of New England and Pennsylvania, and the blue hills of Kentucky's bourbon trail, Peck places the concerns surrounding alcohol use within the broader context of American history, religious traditions, and governance.

Society is constantly evolving, and so are our drinking habits. Cutting through the froth and discarding the maraschino cherries, The Prohibition Hangover examines the modern American temperament toward drink amid the $189-billion-dollar-a-year industry that defines itself by the production, distribution, marketing, and consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Title:The Prohibition Hangover: Alcohol in America from Demon Rum to Cult CabernetFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 5, 2009Publisher:Rutgers University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0813545927

ISBN - 13:9780813545929

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Noble Experiment
Chapter 2: So What Are We Drinking?
Chapter 3: Whiskey and Rye
Chapter 4: Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer
Chapter 5: The Golden Age of Wine
Chapter 6: The Supreme Court Decides
Chapter 7: Alcohol and Your Health
Chapter 8: What Would Jesus Drink?
Chapter 9: Beating the Temperance Drum
Chapter 10: Not until You're Twenty-one

Editorial Reviews

"The Prohibition Hangover is an excellent book in every way: it is well researched, thoughtful, and entertaining to read. From discussions of policies since Prohibition to Americans' tastes for drinks throughout the decades, this book will be of interest to anyone interested in alcohol."
Edward Stringham, Trinity College and author of No Booze? You May Lose: Why Drinkers Earn More Money Than Nondrinkers