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The Liverpool UnderworldCrime in the City, 1750-1900$
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Michael Macilwee

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846316999

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317064

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The Demon Drink

The Demon Drink

(p.103) Eight The Demon Drink
The Liverpool Underworld
Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the role of alcohol in the social breakdown of lower–class neighbourhoods in Liverpool during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It explains that it was beer and spirits that were believed to have driven the poor to delinquency, debauchery, destitution, depravity and destruction. It cites studies which linked alcohol to crime and prostitution. This chapter also considers the early exposure of children to alcohol and the efforts of moral reformers to address the problem.

Keywords:   alcohol, social breakdown, lower–class neighbourhoods, crime, prostitution, children, moral reformers

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