Bodily need, addictive pleasure, health hazard and public nuisance – drink can be a bit of a headache. Historically, however, sharing a pint has lubricated infinite varieties of social exchange.
This talk by Professor Beat Kümin explores the wider cultural significance of alcohol as it emerges from official regulation, moral literature, travel reports, court records and works of art in the congenial environment of an old coaching inn.
There will be sex, crime and excess, for sure, but also an exploration of personal honour, group identities, gender roles, double standards, changing tastes and political uses.
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