John O’Brien, States of Intoxication: The Place of Alcohol in Civilisation (Routledge, forthcoming 2018).


  1. The Evolutionary Origins Of Control
  2. The Social Origins of Control
  3. Alcohol and The Ritual Process: Identity
  4. Alcohols and The Ritual Process: Decontrolling
  5. The Limits of Ritual
  6. Proto States and Potlatches
  7. Subversive States: The Case of Russia
  8. States, Revenue and Interdependence
  9. The Politics of Centralisation: Consumption And Taxation*
  10. Peace, Violence and Trauma