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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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The End of the Central Control Board

The End of the Central Control Board

(p.206) Conclusion The End of the Central Control Board
Pubs and Patriots

Robert Duncan

Liverpool University Press

The repercussions of war are many and varied. The drink debate during the First World War exemplifies how British society focussed on unpatriotic social habits when the war was not going well. Someone had to be blamed and the drinkers of the nation provided a suitable scapegoat. Drink had been a longstanding concern. The war merely presented an ideal opportunity for familiar arguments to be cast in a new light. The drink crisis that resulted stemmed from a desire to be seen to be doing everything to win the war but the truth was, in fact, far simpler and more difficult for temperance activists to swallow. It did not really matter whether the domestic Tommy drank, because the war was not won in the pubs of Britain. Victory was gained on the battlefield. Victory celebrations took place in that most popular of British institutions, the public house, which will always have a certain allure. This Chapter reviews the Central Control Board’s legacy.

Keywords:   Lord D’Abernon, Central Control Board, Pubs, Reform, Temperance, Drink crisis

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