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Pubs and PatriotsThe Drink Crisis in Britain during World War One$
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Robert Duncan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781846318955

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9781846318955.001.0001

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Restrictive or Constructive? The Early Stages of the Central Control Board

Restrictive or Constructive? The Early Stages of the Central Control Board

(p.93) Chapter Four Restrictive or Constructive? The Early Stages of the Central Control Board
Pubs and Patriots

Robert Duncan

Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the formation and composition of the CCB. This was a historic moment for drink control in Britain. For the first time a government body with real power had been established to deal explicitly with the question of alcohol consumption, focussed upon national efficiency. It details the first steps taken by the Board to reduce drinking and argues that the Board sought to act solely in the interests of national efficiency but broader social preconceptions of working class behaviour influenced its action. The Board banned buying drinks in rounds, altered opening hours, reduced the strength of beer and quickly gained a reputation as an autorcratic meddling organisation. Drinking by soldiers on the military front and their disgust at temperance activities at home is discussed. The CCB had been given the opportunity to enact real changes to the drinking habits of a nation. The following year would see the CCB’s work broaden in context and continue to manifest itself throughout Britain, particularly in Carlisle.

Keywords:   Central Control Board, Temperance, Brewers, Industrial efficiency, Military drinking

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