Habitual drunkards and the invention of alcoholism: susceptibility and culpability in nineteenth century medicine


May, Carl (1997) Habitual drunkards and the invention of alcoholism: susceptibility and culpability in nineteenth century medicine. Addiction Research & Theory, 5, (2), 169-187. (doi:10.3109/16066359709005258).

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Chronic alcohol misuse is an intractable problem for contemporary medicine. This paper explores some of the origins of this intractability, by examining the formulation of medical and moral models of habitual drunkenness during the nineteenth century. Its objective is to sketch out an historical perspective for contemporary problems in disentangling the relationship between culpability and susceptibility in alcohol dependence.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1606-6359 (print)
1476-7392 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 163381
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2010 09:12
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:17
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/163381

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