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May 2022


Online Sobriety- Joint SAM and Women and Alcohol cluster seminar – 30 June 2022 at 12.00 midday (Online)
Sally Sanger and Claire Davey will share their research on online alcohol recovery and sobriety groups in this joint cluster seminar hosted by the SAM and Women & Alcohol clusters. We aim to bring together members of both clusters for a discussion after these two short inspiration talks. All welcome and please spread the word. See attached for more details. Zoom link as follows:

ADHS, Points, and Social History of Alcohol and Drugs Journal 

The number of alcohol-related articles submitted to the journal has increased significantly this month so thank you to those of you who have shared your interesting and exciting work with us. Please keep them coming. If you want to discuss your articles in advance, contact Pam Lock on this address and she will be happy to have a chat.

Claire Markham is ready and waiting for your book review proposals so let her know if there is a book you’d like to read and/or review. Claire can be contacted by email at

Don’t forget that DSN member, Clare Davey, is now working for the ADHS’s POINTs blog so get in touch with her if you have anything you’d like to share on there.

ADHS Points

The ADHS Conference ‘Rethinking Alcohol and Drugs’ will take place from 15th-17th June at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales in Mexico City. The new program for this has now been released and is available at


Upcoming SHAAP/SARN Alcohol Occasionals (Webinars)

Two upcoming webinars being held by SHAAP (Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems) and SARN ( Scottish Alcohol Research Network) Alcohol Occasionals which may be of interest

1. 23rd May:  Alcohol Occasionals 2022 – Navigating the complexity of harm and care: a qualitative study of self-harm and alcohol use, 12.30-14.00 (UK time)  – see link for details and how to register.

2. 21st June: Alcohol Occasionals 2022 – ‘I’m just getting the impression I have to sort myself out’: How people with co-occurring heavy alcohol use and depression describe the care they receive in a fragmented health system – a qualitative study-12.30-14.00 (UK time)  – see link for details and how to register

Sheffield Hallam University CHEFS (Culture, Health, Environment, Food and Society) Research Group Talk (Online)

Thomas Thurnell-Read and Belinda Zakrzewska present a paired paper session on CRAFT, KINSHIP AND COLONIALISM

Date & Time:30 June 2022, 3.00-4.30pm (BST) on Zoom- more information and zoom link available at: CHEFS Online Research Talks – CHEFS Research Cluster (

INEBRIA Edinburgh Conference 2022 and New INEBRIA Mentoring Award

INEBRIA has announced a new award to recognize excellence in mentorship- The Richard Saitz Outstanding Mentorship Award will be given to one mentor each year with submissions for nominations due by June 6th. More information at:

New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group (NDSAG) Conference 2022 (In-person event)

Registration has now opened for the next NDSAG Conference, ‘Alcohol Policy, Treatment, and New Research: New Directions for the (Post) Covid Era?’, which will take place on June 9th at London South Bank University. More information available at: NDSAG 2022 conference 9th June, London – New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group

UK Compulsory Sobriety Network Symposium (In-person event)

A free one-day symposium held at the University of Leeds on 7th June 09.30 – 16.00. The event will explore the latest thinking and evidence around the practice of mandating offenders to a period of monitored sobriety with perspectives from practitioners, policy-makers, academics, the voluntary sector, and more. Further information and registration available at: UK Compulsory Sobriety Network Symposium Tickets, Tue 7 Jun 2022 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

The Alcohol Research Mixer 2022 (In-person and online event)

A free in-person mixer event for alcohol researchers, this will be a great opportunity to meet other researchers in the field, hear about their work, and to plan future collaborations. Thursday 16th June 2022 from 10.00 – 16.30 at Oxford Brookes University, with an option for remote participation in some activities. More information and registration available at: The Alcohol Research Mixer 2022 Tickets, Thu 16 Jun 2022 at 10:00 | Eventbrite


BBC In Our Time- The Temperance Movement. This episode features Melvyn Bragg and guests Annemarie McAllister, James Kneale, and David Beckingham discussing the momentum behind teetotalism in 19th Century Britain. Available at: BBC Radio 4 – In Our Time, The Temperance Movement

The Alcohol ‘Problem’ Podcast is hosted by James Morris and aims to explore the nature of problem drinking with a range of guests. The latest episode ‘What is Alcohol Use Disorder? Concepts and measurement’ features a discussion with Dr Cassie Boness. Available at: The Alcohol ‘Problem’ Podcast (


Charters, S. et al., Routledge handbook of wine and culture, (2022)

D.Clarke et al., Researching Craft Beer: Understanding Production, Community and Culture in an Evolving Sector (2021)

Dimova, E. The impact of alcohol minimum unit pricing on homeless people (2022).

Fanning, S. E. and O’Callaghan, C, ‘Bad or mad? Branwell Brontë, mental health, and alcoholism in Sally Wainwright’s To Walk Invisible,’ Diagnosing history, (2022)

Ferris, K. ‘ Everyday Spaces: Bars, Alcohol and the Spatial Framing of Everyday Political Practice and Interaction in Fascist Italy.’ European History Quarterly, (2022) DOI: 10.1177/02656914221085131

Harutyunyan, M., and Malfeito-Ferreira, M.  ‘The Rise of Wine among Ancient Civilizations across the Mediterranean Basin.’ Heritage, (2022) DOI:10.3390/heritage5020043

Pasupathy, R. et al., ’Alcohol consumption messages in Korean dramas: the globalization of South Korean drinking norms.’ Global Health Promotion, (2022) DOI:10.1177/17579759221080746

Pérez-García, J. M. et al., ‘Effects of binge drinking during adolescence and emerging adulthood on the brain: a systematic review of neuroimaging studies.’ Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, (2022) DOI:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2022.104637

Regan-Lefebvre, J. Imperial wine: How the British empire made wine’s new world, (2022)

W. Ernst and T. Müller, Alcohol, psychiatry and society: Comparative and transnational perspectives, c. 1700-1990s (2022)

March 2022


Craft and Artisanal Research Cluster

Firstly, we would like to collect more details of people who might want to join the cluster. If you are interested in joining the cluster, or our mailing list, please fill in this quick survey: 

Secondly, we are delighted to announce an “Online Research speed dating event” for people who are in this cluster or might want to join. It will take place on the 4th of May 2022 at 17:00 – 18:00 UK time and the idea is that 6 researchers who want to (first come first serve) get 5 minutes to present what they are currently working on and want feedback on or seeking collaborations. This could range from conference paper, journal papers, grant applications or other projects. Followed by break out room conversations and finally a group discussion to close the event.

Social History of Alcohol and Drugs Journal

If you have an alcohol-related article lurking in your WIP file, or an idea for something you’d like to write this year, get in touch with our Associate Editor for SHAD, Pam Lock on or

As ever, if you’d like to review a book for Social History of Alcohol and Drugs, get in touch with our Book Review Editor, Claire Markham via our main mailing address ( On this subject, The Routledge Handbook of Wine and Culture is due to be published by the end of April and we’d love to drum up some reviews! The Handbook is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary collection, with research on a wide range of aspects of wine and culture, from anthropology, sociology, geography, history, business, economics, and literary studies. Details of the collection here: Anyone interested in reviewing the Handbook for a specific magazine, journal, TV or radio programme including SHAD can request a review copy (e-book only) via this link: 

ADHS Points 

If you’d like to submit something to ADHS Points, the brilliant DSN member Claire Davey has just been appointed as Managing Editor of Points & Digital Editor of The Social History of Alcohol & Drugs so get in touch with her to discuss possible submissions.

Don’t forget it is free to join our research clusters (and you can join as many as you want). Just e-mail the lead(s) to join their mailing lists and find out about events etc. For more information go to:


CFP: Early Career Alcohol Research Symposium, 14-15 Sept, Sheffield

The Sheffield Alcohol Research Group This two day symposium is aimed at early career researchers working in the field of alcohol research from both public health and social perspectives. The event is free to attend and travel bursaries are available. If you would like to propose a paper for this conference, please submit an abstract of 250 words by 4 April 2022. More information at:

CFP: Intoxication and Atrocity: Alcohol, Drugs, and Violence (edited collection), deadline 15 April 2022

This volume will examine how, why, and under what circumstances intoxicants

are used (or not) among groups in a variety of conflict situations. The volume will represent the most wide-ranging and multifaceted investigation of intoxicants yet attempted. As such, the editors invite scholars in various disciplines and geographical regions to submit proposals for essays that offer innovative perspectives on intoxicants and atrocity. Full CFP attached. 

DARC webinar: Gambling and wellbeing in the Royal Air Force, 28 April 2022

Booking is open for the next DARC webinar.  Speaker: Dr Amy Pritchard, Associate Lecturer in Mental Health, Department of Mental Health and Social work, Middlesex University. More information and booking here:

Foodcult Brewing Project exhibition now available online

In September 2021, after several years of preparation, the FoodCult team recreated a beer last brewed in the sixteenth century. This virtual exhibition will lead you through the project, from the rationale to the reconstruction to the results:

New Drinking Studies Research Group at University of Bristol

Mark Hailwood and Pam Lock have been awarded internal funding to create a Drinking Studies Research Group at University of Bristol. Funding commences in September 2022 so more on this soon. 


An exciting funded PhD opportunity has come up at Loughborough University. A PhD studentship is being advertised on the topic of Non-drinking students, sobriety and academic citizenship on UK university campuses. This interdisciplinary (sociology, geography, built environment) project, with a July 2022 start, will examine how non-drinking university students experience campus spaces and negotiate campus drinking culture. Due to the nature of the funding, fees and stipend are only available to UK/Home eligable students. Full details of the project can be found here:


Lara Cockx et al, ‘The Water of Life and Death: A Brief Economic History of Spirits’, Journal of Wine Economics (2021)

A. S. Ilyasov et al, The Effects of Alcohol on the Internal Organs of Humans and Animals (Literature Review)World Bulletin of Public Health (WBPH) (2022)

H. Imanian, ‘Sassanid images on wine cups in Arabic poems in the Abbasid era’, Glory of Art Alzahra Science Quarterly (2022)

Sheilah Roberts Lukins, Bottoms Up: A History of Alcohol in Newfoundland and Labrador (Breakwater Books, 2020)

Roddy Nilsson ‘The policing of alcoholics: Power and resistance in early welfare-state Sweden’, ,Scandinavian Journal of History (2022) DOI: 10.1080/03468755.2022.2035813

Jef van den Steen, België: koninkrijk van het bier [Belgium: Kingdom of Beer] (2021)

S Thor et al, ‘Fathers’ alcohol consumption and risk of substance-related disorders in offspring, Drug and Alcohol Dependence (2022)

Deborah Toner, ‘Consuming Authenticities: Time, Palce and the Past in the Construction of “Authentic” Foods and DrinksFood and History (2019)

Harry White, The Story of Bass: The Rise and Demise of a Brewing

Great (2022) (press release attached for more information)

Eli Revelle Yano Wilson, Beer and Society: How we make beer and beer makes us (2022)

November 2021


DSN@10 Conference (12-14 November 2021)

Thanks to all of you who joined us for the DSN@10 conference on 12-14 November. We were particularly impressed by how well the online format worked (though we’ll be getting back to face to face as soon as possible of course) and we’d like to thank you all for entering into it with such good spirit and enthusiasm (as ever). It was great to see so many familiar faces and to meet the many new members who joined the discussions and social events. We hope you all had a blast too. As Mark mentioned at the end of the meeting, we’ll be discussing next steps for the network over the next month or so. If you have any suggestions for other things the network could consider doing, or if you’d like to get involved in the committee as a volunteer, just let us know.

DSN website update

Thanks again to our brilliant web officer, Jodie McGarry, for all her hard work on updating our website. Take a look at the new layout here:

Women and Alcohol research cluster seminar (13 December 2021 at 12.00midday GMT)

We are delighted to announce our next cluster seminar will be a round table on ‘policing women’s bodies’ and will feature current and historical perspectives. Panelists include: Laura Fenton, University of Sheffield and University of Manchester, Iain Smith, University of Glasgow and NHS Forth Valley, Craig Stafford, University of Liverpool, Cristiana Vale Pires, Catholic University of Portugal. More information on our website: To join the meeting, simply click on this zoom link:

Social History of Alcohol and Drugs Journal (SHAD)

Don’t forget to send your article ideas or abstracts for SHAD to Pam Lock and your book review requests to Claire Markham. You can contact us both on this address or e-mail us directly at our University contacts. 

We are also starting to think about the topic for the first DSN special issue. If you have an idea for a theme or would like to be involved, let us know asap. Proposals on behalf of research clusters or DSN conference panels would be very welcome. 

Don’t forget you can also find great alcohol-related material on their Points Blog  which regularly features DSN members and other alcohol related scholarship. They are always looking for new pieces and interesting people to interview so do get in touch if you are interested in getting involved. 


CFP:  Beer Culture Division of the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, 2022, (now online) 13 – 16 April 2022

Proposals are requested for works (panels, paper presentations, well-developed research in progress, multi-mediated/graphic projects) that identify and discuss any aspects of beer, including its producers, its consumers, the communities and identities beer inspires and maintains, and/or its social, cultural, historical, and economic impact. For information or submission to PCA, please go to DEADLINE (extended):  December 5, 2021. 

DARC seminar: Queer and bi sexualities and alcohol mis/use (8 December 21, 12.30pm GMT)
This discusion- based presentation session will use qualitative research findings from two studies, each unpacking the “LGBTQ”: Amy’s explores alcohol and substance use focusing on bisexual identities: Lisa uses a small subgroup of young women and gender diverse people to explore sexuality, gender expression and growing up post-disaster and the role alcohol can play. Speakers: Amy Montague, Kingston University, Lisa Overton, Middlesex University. Please book via the link and share with your networks

Alcohol and Drugs Historical Society Biennial Conference, Mexico City or Online (tbc), 15-17 June 2022

As jurisdictions around the world begin relaxing regulations on psychoactive substances including cannabis and psychedelics, the consequences of an era of prohibition call out for historical scrutiny. The politics of prohibition have plagued the history of alcohol and drugs, while scholars have examined points of contradiction, friction, resistance, and even opportunities created by restricting some substances and encouraging others. We invite participants to ‘rethink’ this history, drawing inspiration from new sources, methods, and historical actors to deepen our understanding of the historical significance of alcohol and drugs. More details here: CFP deadline : 7 Jan 2022. 


Lucas Brunozi Avelar, Bebidas: Conceitos Fundamentais (2021)

The book is in Portuguese (which I know many of you can read/speak) but if you want an overview in English, Lucas has kindly shared a link to an interview about the book.

Chen et al, ‘Family alcohol use, rather than childhood trauma, is more likely to cause male alcohol use disorder: findings from a case-control study in northern China‘, BMC Psychiatry (2021)

Clifford et al, ‘A historical overview of legislated alcohol policy in the Northern Territory of Australia: 1979–2021’, BMC Public Health (2021)

Dyck, ‘Canada Dry or High Times?: A Historiographical Look at Drugs and Alcohol in Canada‘, Canadian Historical Review (2021)

Gillen, ‘The Transformational Power of Yeasts’Answers in Depth (2021)

Kersey, K., Lyons, A. C., & Hutton, F.,’ Alcohol and drinking within the lives of midlife women: A meta-study systematic review‘, International Journal of Drug Policy (2022)

Longmore et al, ‘Adolescents’ Frequency of Alcohol Use and Problems from Alcohol Abuse: Integrating Dating Partners with Parent and Peer Influences’Journal of Youth and Adolescence (2021)

MacIvor Thompson, ‘“The Offspring of Drunkards”: Gender, Welfare, and the Eugenic Politics of Birth Control and Alcohol Reform in the United States’Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics (2021)

Meers & Hind, ‘The ‘code adjudicator’ model: the Pubs Code, statutory arbitration and the tied lease’Legal Studies (2021)

O’Meara, Girly Drinks: A World History of Women and Alcohol (Hanover Square, 2021)

Pierini, ‘Different Peoples, Different Inebriations: The Recognition of Different Cultures of Intoxication in Early Modern English Medicine’Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (2021)

Schrad, Smashing the Liquor Machine: A Global History of Prohibition (Oxford Scholarship online, 2021)

Torronen et al, ‘Negotiating Emerging Adulthood With Master and Counter Narratives’Journal of Adolescent Research (2021)

Valenzuela-Zapata & Nabhan, Tequila: A Natural and Cultural History (2021)

Vicario et al, ‘Women’s informal surveillance of alcohol consumption in intimate heterosexual relationships during the early parenting period‘, Social Science & Medicine (2021)


The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) are recruiting a Post Doctoral Research Fellow to work on a Chief Scientist Office funded study called ‘Using foil for drug administration: exploring the views and experience of people who use drugs’. This project is led by Dr. Karen Dunleavy and Dr. Aileen O’Gorman. The post is fixed term for 18months for more details/application: Deadline for applications is 5 December 2021. 

September 2021


DSN@10 Conference, 12-14 November 2021 (online)

There will be more news about the final programme and registration details for the DSN conference in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, make sure its in your diary if you’d like to attend. We’ll start at 6pm GMT on 12 November with a round table and social, and finish at about 5pm on Sunday 14th November. We can’t wait to see you all there. 

Women and Alcohol Cluster News: New project announcement

Drs Dorota Dias-Lewandowska and Pam Lock have been awarded funding by the NCN (National Science Centre, Poland) for a 3-year project for ‘Between the drunken “mother of destruction” and the sober “angel of the house”. Hidden representations of women’s drinking in Polish and British public discourses in the second half of the 19th century’. To find out more, visit the project website or follow them on twitter (@womenandalcoho1)


Intoxicating Spaces and Urban Policy – panel discussion, 5 October 2021, 5-6.30pm

Intoxicating substances – whether licit or illicit, ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ – are an integral part of everyday life, in particular in social interactions. In high density and socially diverse cities, pressure on space is great. So how do cities and urban populations past and present accommodate drug consumption and negotiate public space use? Listen to our panel discussion between experts from research, policy, and prevention. To register, email More details at:

ALSO: The latest seminar series for the Intoxicating Spaces project has also been announced this week with some great seminars coming up:

Global Alcohol Policy Alliance Virtual Event, 12-13 October 2021

Each day there will be a session with videoed key-note speakers which will be followed by a regional session with comments from a panel of regional representatives and discussion among participants. More information here:

ARIG Women and Alcohol seminar, 14 October 2021, 10-11.30am

The Alcohol Research Interest Group (UCL) have announced their next seminar on the theme of Women and Alcohol. Emily Nicholls, Pam Lock, Dorota Dias-Lewandowska and Amanda Atkinson will share their research on women and alcohol from different directions. See attached flyer. To register, go to:

CFP: Beer Culture Division of PCA Conference 2022Washington USA, 13 – 16 April 2022

For information or submission to PCA, please go to or see the attached full CFP. Proposals are requested for works (panels, paper presentations, well-developed research in progress, multi-mediated/graphic projects) that identify and discuss any aspects of beer, including its producers, its consumers, the communities and identities beer inspires and maintains, and/or its social, cultural, historical, and economic impact.

ALL submissions must be made through the conference submission site. For individual papers, please submit a title and 100-word abstractDEADLINE:  15 November 2021

CFP – IEHCA International Convention on Food and Drink Studies (2-3 June 2022), Tours, France

We are pleased to announce that the European Institute for Food History and Cultures (the IEHCA, Institut Européen d’Histoire et des Cultures de l’Alimentation) is organizing the seventh edition of its annual international convention, to be held on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June 2022 in Tours (France). The event is part of the ongoing activities organised by the Thematic Reasearch Network led by IEHCA and supported by the Centre-Val de Loire region in pursuit of its editorial policy, support for research and efforts to facilitate networking opportunities among Food Studies researchers. Deadline 15 December 2021. More details at:


Invitation for wine-related book reviews – Journal for Cultural Analysis and Social Change

We have been contacted by the Book Review Editor at the Journal for Cultural Analysis and Social Change as follows: Our next issue is focused on wine. We’re looking for 800 – 1000 words for a review of a wine-related book.Guidelines here: I have a list of potential books although others are also welcome: Marion Demossier. 2018. Burgundy: The Global Story of Terroir. Berghahn; Jacqueline Dutton & Peter Howland (eds) 2019. Wine, terroir and utopia: Making new worlds. Routledge; Agatha Herman 2017. Practising empowerment in post-apartheid South Africa: wine, ethics and development. Critical Food Studies. Abingdon and New York: Routledge; Sharon Forbes et al (eds.) 2020. Social Sustainability in the Global Wine Industry: Concepts and Cases. Palgrave; David Inglis & Anna-Mari Almila (eds). The Globalization of Wine. Bloomsbury. It’s a tight deadline – the next issue is our November one, so I’d be hoping to receive reviews by mid-November at the latest. If anyone is interested, I will try to get the publishers to send them a book.


Margaret Bird, Mary Hardy and her world, 1773-1809 (Burnham Press, 2020) You can find a review of this book by Paul Jennings here:

David Clemis, ‘”Great Annoyance to their Mindes”:Humours, Intoxication, and English Medical and Moral Discourses, 1550-1730’, Humorality in Early Modern Art, Material Culture, and Performance (Palgrave, 2021)

Emeka Dumbili, ‘”I just drink to feel abnormal for some time”: Reconfiguring heavy drinking and intoxication as pleasurable’, International Journal of Drug Policy, 99(January 2022)

Stephen G Fritz, Drunk on Genocide: Alcohol and Mass Murder in Nazi Germany, German History, (Oxford, 2021)

J Kim, ‘Cigarette use and binge drinking among Korean adolescents: examining the moderating role of multicultural status, Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse (2021)


Pam Lock, ‘Dickens’s literary defenses of moderate drinking, Cultural and Social History Journal,(August 2021) part of a  Special Issue ed. by Alice Mauger and Peder Clark (forthcoming Autumn 2021) 

Finally, there was a great piece in the Guardian earlier this monthon Generation X drinkers in the UK:

(with thanks to Thomas Thurnall-Read for flagging this up)

July 2021


DSN@10 conference – 12-14 November 2021

Thank you for all your wonderful abstracts. We are looking forward to reading them in the next couple of weeks. We will announce the programme and how to register (for speakers and non-speakers) later this month. 


CFP: Food History Seminar, Inst. of Historical Research, London

We are excited to put out the call for papers for the IHR Food History Seminar for the 2021–2022 academic year. The seminar provides an inclusive setting in which historians, academics in related fields, independent scholars, museum professionals and postgraduates interested in the study of food in the past come together to discuss their research. We invite you to apply to give a paper at one of our sessions. Please see attached CFP for more details. Deadline: 15 August 2021.  

CFP: ESSD Online Conference 2021

Due to the COVID pandemic this year’s annual conference will take place online between 30 September and 1 October 2021. ESSD members and other researchers who wish to attend the 32nd Annual Conference are invited to submit abstracts of their conference papers no later than 20th August 2021. For this online conference, there is no conference fee. Abstracts should be submitted as a Word file to Please find attached the call for papers with specific guidelines and the abstract template.If you wish to attend the conference without giving a presentation, please inform us in advance as well via Only registered participants will be able to participate.

Thinking critically about lived experience of alcohol in social science research and teaching’, A BSA Alcohol Studies Group Workshop – Wednesday 15th September 2021 (9.45am-1pm BST)

This half-day online workshop will be structured around the broad theme of ‘lived experience’ of alcohol, in social science research and teaching. To view the presentation abstracts and to book please visit: The event is free for BSA members and £10 for non-members. Please get in touch with the convenors or if you are not a BSA member and would like to enquire about applying for a subsidised place, or if you would like more information about the workshop.

ISSUP UK launch and webinar on Families and Substance Use – registration open

Registration is open for the ISSUP UK launch and webinar on Families and Substance Use on 23rd September (DARC is the host of ISSUP UK). Please consider joining us for the launch and we would be grateful if you could circulate this link far and wide!


Job Advert – Fixed Term Lecturer Post in Drug and Alcohol studies, University of West of Scotland

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a fixed term Lecturer in Drug and Alcohol Studies to join the Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies (CDAS) programme within the School of Education and Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland. Deadline 15 August. Details:

Fully Funded PhD in Intersectional Spaces of Sobriety and Academic Citizenship on UK University Campuses, Loughborough. 

We are inviting applications from highly motivated and talented graduates for a full-time three-year (or part time pro rata) PhD studentship to undertake a research project on intersectional university spaces of sobriety and academic citizenship. For details go to:

‘Innovation Opportunities and Digital Storytelling: An Exploratory Study of the Midlands and North Wine Region’ Project wrap-up and findings report

Jennifer Smith Maguire and John Dunning recently wrapped up an exploratory project looking at digital marketing, storytelling and regional identity in relation to the wineries of the Midlands and North of the UK. Information about the project, ‘Innovation Opportunities and Digital Storytelling: An Exploratory Study of the Midlands and North Wine Region’ can be found on the project page, including links to download the findings report and to access a recording of the June 14 webinar that presented some of the findings to regional wine sector stakeholders.


Call for book reviews for Social History of Alcohol and Drugs (SHAD)

If you would like to review a book for SHAD, contact DSN rep Claire Markham or fill in the following form:  

Social History of Alcohol and Drugs Book Review Request Form (

Phillipa Case et al, ‘Has the increased participation in the nation campaign “Dry January” beeen associated with cutting down alcohol consumption in England‘, Drug and Alcohol Dependence (July 2021)

Kathryn James and Phil Withington, Intoxicants and Early Modern European Globalization (Special Issue), Cambridge Core (2021)

Z. Kougiali, G., Pytlik, A., & Soar, K. (2021). Mechanisms and processes involved in women’s pathways into alcohol dependence and towards recovery: a qualitative meta-synthesis. Special issue on mechanisms and mediators of addiction recovery. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 1-17.

David Merry, ‘Intoxication, Death, and the Escape from Dialectic in Seneca’s EM1’, in Boris Vezjak (ed.), Philosophical Imagination: Thought Experiments and Arguments in Antiquity (Cambridge Scholars, 2021)

Matt Murphy, Rum: A Distilled History of Colonial Australia (HarperCollins, 2001)

N. Hoalst-Pullen, Patterson M. (eds), The Geography of Beer (Springer, 2020)

PR Sarkar, ‘Spirits from the Past: Stigma in Historical Medical Literature on Alcohol Addiction and Implications for Modern Practice’American Journal of Psychiatry Residents’ Journal (2021)

Alexander Savelyev, Coleen C. Myles, Delorean Wiley, Paepin D. Goff, ‘Virtual Pub Crawl: Assessing the Utility of Social Media for Geographic Beer Research in the United States‘, intervalla (2019)

Ian Taplin. 2021. The Napa Valley Wine Industry: The Organization of Excellence. Cambridge Scholars. 25% discount available for orders online Discount code: PROMO25; This book examines how Napa became a pre-eminent site for the production of great and sometimes iconic wines in a short space of time. 

Ana G. Valenzuela-Zapata, Gary Paul Nabhan, Tequila: A Natural and Cultural History (University of Arizona Press)

June 2021

Alcohol studies continues to be extremely active this year with lots of new publications and events coming up. Don’t forget to share your events and publications with me so I don’t miss anything! As usual, follow us on twitter (@drinkingstudies) for all the latest news and more alcohol-related content


Drinking Studies Network 10th Anniversary Conference – 13-14 Nov 2021 – CFP

As per our announcement last month, we are delighted to share the call for papers for our 10th anniversary conference (13-14 November 2021, online), DSN@10. Please see attached. We look forward to seeing your abstracts and, most importantly, seeing all of you (albeit online) later this year. 

New place to share your research websites

We have been thinking about ways to help you share your research with each other even more. We thought a space on the website where people could post a link to their project websites (with a short overview) would be a useful addition to what we already provide. If you would like to be included in this new space, please e-mail our Web Officer, Jodie McGarry, on with a link and a few sentences of description. 

Women and Alcohol Research Cluster – next seminar – 1 July 2021

We are delighted to announce the next women and alcohol cluster seminar on 1st July 2021 at 1pm GMT (don’t forget British summer time!) with guest speaker, Dr David Beckingham (University of Nottingham). David’s article ‘Private Spirits, Public Lives: Sober Citizenship, Shame and Secret Drinking in Victorian Britain’ came out in April and he has kindly agreed to talk about the rich and interesting research behind the article before we open up the floor for an extended discussion on women and secret drinking (and beyond). We hope that you can join us. We’ll send out a zoom link to cluster members the week before as usual. If you are not a member, just e-mail us on dsnwomencluster@gmail.comand we’ll include you in that mailing. More information (and a full abstract) attached.

Craft Beer Cluster – looking for new leaders

Jen Smith Maguire and Emma-Jayne Abbots have now stepped down as co-organisers of the DSN Craft Beer research cluster. However, they are aware that quite a few members have an interest in this area so they have asked us to reach out to seek new leadership for this research cluster. Most clusters are led by one, two or three organisers and are independent (though linked) to the broader DSN (so you have free reign on how you and your members organise yourselves and meet). Jen will share a list of current members with the new leads of course. Let us know if you are interested by emailing the main DSN address ( 


Women on Tap – 9-12 June 2021

Women on Tap is an annual beer festival designed to celebrate women and beer. This includes pop=up events across Yorkshire and this year, several events will be held online. The full programme, tickets can be found here:

‘You are What you Eat’: Food and Identity from the Middle Ages to the Modern, 17-18 June 2021

The Warwick Food History Conference takes place next week including some interesting papers on drinking and alcohol. This event is free, but registration is required as places are limited. For any questions please write to

Alcohol Guidelines seminar, ARIG – 1 July 2021

ARIG seminar on Alcohol Guidelines – more details on speakers and topics attached.  If you want to attend and aren’t on the mailing list you can sign up here:

Intoxicating Spaces Conference – 19-21 July 2021 – Registration open

Registration for the Intoxicating Spaces conference is now open. This free online conference organised by the HERA research project Intoxicating Spaces: The Impact of New Intoxicants on Urban Spaces in Europe, 1600–1850, will be held live via Zoom 

32ND Annual Conference of the ESSD – 30 Sept – 1 Oct 2021 – CFP

Due to the COVID pandemic this year’s annual conference will take place online between 30 September and 1 October 2021. ESSD members and other researchers who wish to attend the 32nd Annual Conference are invited to submit abstracts of their conference papers no later than 20th July 2021. For this online conference, there is no conference fee. Abstracts should be submitted as a Word file to Please find attached the call for papers with specific guidelines and the abstract template. Since we plan to prepare a book of abstracts, to use the abstract  template is important, since that way we do not have to reformat all abstracts individually when aggregating them to the final book of abstracts.


There is now a useful compendium of alcohol-related papers in the Journal of Public Health:

Claudia D. Bergmann, ‘Drink and drinking in early Jewish texts: Describing a meal in the World to Come‘, Journal for the Study of Pseudepigrapha (May 2021)

Jennifer Boyd et al, ‘Causal Mechanisms proposed for the Alcohol Harm Paradox – A Systematic Review‘ Addiction (May 2021)Waltraud Ernst, Alcohol Flows Across Cultures (London: Routledge, 2020)

Graham Harding, Champagne in Britain, 1800-1914 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2021)

B. Ann Tlusty, Alcohol in the Early Modern World (Bloomsbury, 2021) (currently reduced price by 20%)

Deborah Toner (ed.), Alcohol in the Age of Industry, Empire and War (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2021). Featuring chapters by Network members James Kneale, Dan Malleck, Andrew McMichael, Stella Moss and Deborah Toner, this book examines alcohol production, consumption, regulation, and commerce, alongside the gendered, medical, religious, ideological, and cultural practices that surrounded alcohol from 1850 to 1950.

Anayo Nkamnebe, Momodu Ahmed & Vivan Anyaeneh, ‘Alcohol Beverages Marketing and Youth Drinking Behaviour: A Research Agenda for Nigeria’AFIT Journal of Management Research, 1:1 (2020)

Joris Vester et al, ‘The Impact of Mood and Subjective Intoxication on Hangover Severity’Journal of Clinical Medicine (August 2020)

Phil Withington, ‘Addiction, Intoxicants and the Humoral Body‘, The Historical Journal (2021)

There is also a new OECD Health Policy Studies publication on Preventing Harmful Alcohol Use with chapters on alcohol use in the pandemic and trends and patterns in alcohol use which is likely to be of interest to members. 

James Brown has written an interesting short piece for The Conversation on ‘How the bubonic plague changed drinking habits‘ which may be of great interest to those researching the effects of the current pandemic on drinking habits. 

Finally, Historic England have just released a report on the Carlisle Experiment on nationalising pubs. If you are interested in this scheme, you may also want to look at our social media officer, Phil Mellows extensive work on this. Here is one of his articles on the topic to get you started:

April 2021

First and foremost, the field of alcohol studies lost one of its most influential figures this year with the recent death of historian Lilian Lewis Shiman. An obituary, kindly written by temperance historian Dr Annemarie McAllister, can be found attached. I for one have admired her research for years and am grateful for the inspiration her early ground-breaking work has brought to so many of us. 


Next Women and Alcohol cluster research seminar – 26 April 2021, 13.00-14.00 (British Summer Time) – all welcome
Our next research seminar will focus on rules and norms about female drinking with papers from Hedvig Widmalm and Mareen Heyring and plenty of time for discussion afterwards.

13.00 Hedvig Widmalm (Uppsala University) Women, alcohol and the Age of Freedom: how the regulations on brewing and selling brandy and beer affected women inthe mining town of Falun in Sweden, 1718 – 1750

13.15 Mareen Heying (University of Hagen) Social norms on female drinking in Germany around 1900

13.30 Discussion

The meeting will start promptly at 1pm (GMT) on Zoom (joining details below) so we will be online from 12.45pm so people can join and get set up in advance. No need to register but do e-mail us on to become a member. To join the seminar follow this zoom link:


Jellinek Memorial Award – Geoffrey Hunt

We are delighted to announce that long standing member, Geoffrey Hunt, will be awarded the Jellinek Memorial Award at the Kettil Bruun Society meeting in June for groundbreaking impact on Anthropological and Inter-disciplinary research on drinking and alcohol-related problems. 

Sheffield Alcohol Research Group Early Career Alcohol Research Symposium, 6-7 July 2021 (online)

This two day online symposium is aimed at early career researchers (ECRs), working in the field of alcohol from both public health and social perspectives. The symposium is designed to give ECRs a new platform to discuss and present their research, in an environment that facilitates research dissemination, mentoring, and networking. Abstract submission and registration are now open. If you wish to submit an abstract, please fill in this form no later than the 24 May 2021. For more details and a registration link, please see attached or visit the website:

BSA Alcohol Studies Group Virtual Workshop, Wednesday 15th September 2021, ‘Thinking critically about lived experience of alcohol in social science research and teaching’.

Our next study group event will be structured around the broad theme of ‘lived experience’ of alcohol, in social science research and teaching. We aim for this to be a supportive event for open reflection and discussion. We welcome 20 minute presentations in the traditional PowerPoint type format but would consider presentations in other formats which can be delivered online. The event is open to all. The event is free for BSA members. There will be a £10 minimum charge for non-members, though some free places may be available for non-members on request. Please submit your abstract of no more than 200 words by 30th May 2021 to the convenors or,  or please get in touch if you have any questions or would like more information.More information in the full CFP attached. 


Firstly, an exciting new special issue has just been published on the theme of Alcohol and Leisure, Sport and Tourism by the International Journal of the Sociology of Leisure, edited by our own Catherine Palmer and Thomas Thurnall-Read. 

M. I. Airapetov, S. O. Eresko, A. A. Lebedev, E. R. Bychkov & P. D. Shabanov, ‘The Role of Toll-Like Receptors in Neuroimmunology of Alcoholism’, Biochemistry

Franca Beccaria and Albertina Pretto, ‘The quality of wine between innovation and tradition. A study of a changing “Mediterranean drinking culture”‘,Cambridge Core

Ezurike, Chukwuemeka Alexadnder, Nweke, Prince Onyemaechi, Ofuebe, Justina, Ifeoma, Isiaku, Wada Bashir, Ncheke, Damian, Obetta, K. Chukwuemeka & Okeke, Polycarp M, ‘Effects of alcohol Consumption on Undergraduate Students’ Behaviour in Universities in South-East Nigeria’, Journal of Critical Reviews (2021)

Pam Lock, ‘George Eliot Writing the Drunken Husband’, Women’s Writing (2021)

S. Matthews, ‘Changing the culture of drinking: the public houses in Carlisle before and after the introduction of The State Management Scheme in 1916’, Folk Life (2021)

Ogochukwu W. Odeigah,  Emeka W. Dumbili, Robert Patton, Benjamin O. Olley, ‘Alcohol Labeling Regulations and Industry Compliance in Nigeria: Evidence to Guide Policy Implementation’, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drug(2021)

Mary Ann Poutanen and Sherry Olson, ‘Public Houses and Hidden Networks: Roles of Women in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Montreal’ in Micro-Geographies of the Western City

Joris C Verster, Noortje R Severeijns, Annabel S M Sips, Hama M Saeed, Sarah Benson, Andrew Scholey, Gillian Bruce, ‘Alcohol Hangover Across the Lifespan: Impact Of Sex and Age’, Alcohol and Alcoholism (2021)

Edward B. Westermann, Drunk on Genocide (2021)

Finally, Club Soda did a ‘meet the scholars’ interview recently which is now availble to watch on YouTube at the following link:

Latest news and more stuff on our twitter account as ever. Follow us on @drinkingstudies

February 2021


Save the Date: Drinking Studies Network Conference 2021, 13-14 November 2021 

We have set the date for the postponed DSN conference (10th anniversary special). If we can go ahead in person (fingers crossed) then it will take place in Leicester, UK. More information to follow soon but for now, we wanted to make sure it was in your diaries. 


ASCERT Seminar Series 2021 – first session tomorrow!

In the first of our 2021 Seminar Series, Women and Alcohol will consider how the experience of alcohol is different for women, including alcohol related harm, targeting by the alcohol industry, societal attitudes towards women’s drinking and barriers to support and recovery. For more information and to register go to:

Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN) Journal Club – 23 Feb 2021

Prof Carol Emslie will lead the 4th session of the @SSA_Addiction Qualitative Methods Journal Club. Tues 23 Feb,  2-3.15pm. Register for free now! We will be discussing Thomas Thurnell-Read’s article ‘”Common-sense” research’ (2011). 

CFP: IEHCA Network 6th International (online) convention on Food and Drink sTudies, 31 May – 4 June 2021)

Don’t forget to get your proposal in for this year’s IEHCA convention by 28th February 2021. More details here:

Seminar Series: What’s Your Poison – next seminar 17 Feb 2021

The second season of the Intoxicating Spaces seminar series takes place this spring with talks on a range of intoxicants. For more details and to register, go to their website:

SSA Academic Funding Schemes now open for applications: PhD Studentships 

For more information on the Society for the Study of Addiction PhD Studentships go to: Academic Fellowships
Deadline: 12 March, 2021

Call for a speaker on Drinking in Sunderland

We have been contacted via Thora Hands by the Participation & Engagement officer at Seventeen Nineteen, a participatory heritage project based in Sunderland. One of their volunteers is interested in the development of the drinking culture in the area and they are looking for someone who could speak on the subject. They put out a weekly “Digital Picnic” on Facebook Live every Thursday between 12 and 1pm. If you are interested, please contact Lily Daniels directly on

DARC have been accepted to host the UK Chapter of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP)

ISSUPis a global, not for profit, non-government organisation to support the development of a professional drug demand reduction workforce. It is a free, international, membership organisation, bringing together the range of workers from the prevention, treatment and recovery fields to inform, connect and strengthen their research, practice and policy making. On the website, you will find information about national chapters, webinars and other events, professional development and networks, knowledge sharing and news. ISSUP UK

Turning The Tide – project for filmmakers and creatives on hospitality industry

It is a declaration of love to British pubs and beers, at a time it needs to be heard most. With this show, we are giving voice to the hospitality and beer personalities around the UK and beyond, let them tell us their stories. This is a new project with filmmakers and creatives who have teamed up to give life to a show that will help us share voices of the hospitality industry at a time that they need to hear most. We are at a stage where we need some help, and I’m trying to stay in touch with as many different people I know can make the difference. For more information, contact Gabrielle on and check out their website:


David W. Gutzke, John Pearce and the Rise of the Mass Food Market in London, 1870-1930 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)

Nikolay Kamenov, Global Temperance and the BalkansAmerican Missionaries, Swiss Scientists and Bulgarian Socialists, 1870–1940 (Palgrave, 2020)

Pam Lock, ‘Alcohol/Alcoholism’, The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women’s Writing (2021)

Emina Mehanović, Matej Košir, Sanela Talić, Helena Jeriček Klanšček & Federica Vigna-Taglianti, ‘Socio-economic differences in factors associated with alcohol use among adolescents in Slovenia: a cross-sectional study’, International Journal of Public Health, 65 (2020)

Emily Nicholls, ‘Sober Rebels or Good Consumer-Citizens? Anti-Consumption and the ‘Enterprising Self’ in Early Sobriety’, Sociology (2021)

Hans Y. Oh, ‘Religion and Alcohol Use among Second Generation Korean Americans: Commentary on “Assessing the Associations between Religiosity and Alcohol Use Stages in a Representative U.S. Sample” by Lin et al, 2020’, Substance Use & Misuse, 55: 14 (2020) Hyunhee Park, Soju: A Global History (Cambridge University Press, 2021)

Karl Raitz, Making Bourbon: A Geographical History of Distilling in Nineteenth-Century Kentucky (University Press of Kentucky, 2020)

Adrian F. Rogne, Willy Pedersen & Tilmann Von Soest, ‘Intelligence, alcohol consumption, and adverse consequences. A study of young Norwegian men’,  Scandinavian Journal of Public Health (2020)

‘Koen Smit, Emmanuel Kuntsche, Dan Anderson-Luxford, Florian Labhart, ‘Fun/intoxication pre-drinking motives lead indirectly to more alcohol-related consequences via increased alcohol consumption on a given night’, Addictive Behaviors, 114 (March 2021) 

Spielmann, N., Smith Maguire, J. & Charters, S. 2020. Product Patriotism: How Consumption Practices Make and Maintain National Identity. Journal of Business Research. 121: 389-99. 

Lastly, our own Dr Claire Markham appeared in the Express recently on the importance of pubs to communities. Check it out here: