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Pubs and Patriots: The Drink Crisis in Britain during World War One

Robert Duncan


In the midst of the First World War concern arose as to the virtues of pursuing intoxication at a time of national emergency. As the military front was supposedly let down by drinkers and shirkers at home, attention quickly turned to British drinking practices. Britain, it seemed, was under the duress of a widespread addiction to boozing. When prohibition was deemed too extreme to contemplate, and nationalisation too impractical, the government created an organisation known as the Central Control Board (CCB). This body soon set about reforming the drinking habits of a nation. Loved by a few, b ... More

Keywords: Drink, World War One, Alcohol, Temperance, Central Control Board, Lord D’Abernon, Nationalisation, Carlisle, Prohibition, Pubs

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781846318955
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9781846318955.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Duncan, author
University of St Andrews