Damaging the Body: Changing Models of Alcohol Harm

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The second seminar in the series Damaging the Body: Physical Harm and the Self, 1850 – 2010, will take place in the Wellcome Library this Friday evening.  Details:


Friday 20 April, 6pm

Dr James Nicholls (Bath Spa University)

It All Adds Up: Changing Models of Alcohol Harm


A few weeks ago the Coalition announced its intention to follow Scotland and introduce minimum unit pricing for alcohol in England and Wales.  Minimum pricing is the latest development in state efforts to reduce alcohol harm that go back centuries.  Taking a long historical perspective, this paper will look at how government policies on drink have reflected changing ideas about the nature of alcohol, and how these ideas relate to wider notions of risk, freedom and physical wellbeing.

The seminar will take place in the Wellcome Library, 2nd floor, 183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE. Please deposit bags and coats in the ground floor cloakroom and meet in the 2nd floor foyer. Doors at 6pm prompt, the seminars will start by 6.15.

The Damaging the Body seminars have been organised by the UCL Centre for the History of Psychological Disciplines in conjunction with the University of the West of England. The aim of the seminars is to provoke interdisciplinary discussion of the ways in which the creation of more diverse histories of bodily damage in the nineteenth century and beyond might open up wider concerns.

Image: A drunken woman standing in the street in St Giles’s, London. Coloured etching by T.L. Busby, ca. 1826 (Wellcome Library no. 726192i).

Ross Macfarlane

Ross Macfarlane is the Research Engagement Officer at the Wellcome Library.

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