Biennial Conference

The ADHS organizes a biennial international conference.  Past events have been held in Shanghai, Utrecht, Guelph, Glasgow, Buffalo, London and Bowling Green, Ohio.

The next biennial Conference will be held in Mexico City, June 2021. For full details please clink on the link below.

Rethinking Alcohol and Drugs: Global Transformations /Local Practices

Mexico City
7-10 June 2021

Alcohol, drugs and intoxication have always been part of human society, but their differing social or religious meanings and their varied regional controls have shifted over time.

Today, after centuries of worldwide drug and alcohol prohibition, which were often met by resistance and accompanied by crime and violence, study of this history is reaching new levels of sophistication and global diversity, with new implications for scholarly dialogue and synthesis, as well as new political and policy implications.

Latin America has always been an important producer and exporter of psychoactive substances. It is a crossroads—ideas, substances and policy decisions flow in and out with huge consequences for the rest of the world. It has always played a central role in our understanding of intoxicants, from practices to policy. Mexico City is therefore perfectly situated as a venue for the Alcohol and Drug History Society’s 2021, bi-annual conference. Following on from the Society’s 2019 meeting in Shanghai, the Mexico City conference is particularly concerned with broadening and disseminating the exciting work of today’s alcohol and drug historians to a truly global audience, while also attracting and encouraging researchers from all over the world to participate.


Past ADHS events

ADHS 2019 Conference: Changing Minds: Societies, States, the Sciences and Psychoactive Substances in History, Shanghai University, China, 12-15 June 2019

ADHS 2017 Conference: Drinking and Drug Policies in History: Contextualizing Causes and Consequences Utrecht University, The Netherlands in 23-25 June 2017.

ADHS session at the Society for the Study of Addiction conference in York, England, 10-11th of November 2016.  The programme is available here.

Conference in Dwight, Illinois on the Keeley Cure, Addiction Treatment and temperance, 14-17 July 2016

ADHS session at the Ohio Academy of History, Kent State University – Stark Campus, 1-2 April 2016.

ADHS 2015 Conference:  Borders, Boundaries & Contexts:  Defining Spaces in the History of Alcohol & Drugs. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH, USA, June 18-21, 2015.

Borders, Boundaries and Contexts sought to break down barriers in the historical study of drugs and alcohol, encouraging transnational approaches and methodologies that transcend the singular focus on alcohol or drugs.  The program included individual papers and complete panels exploring how:

  1. spaces, boundaries and borders – physical, legal, chronological, psychological, or ideological – have influenced the history of alcohol and drugs;
  2. contexts, spatial or otherwise, have shaped the production, consumption, imagination, or regulation of alcohol and drugs;
  3. particular “spaces” have defined eras, episodes, or issues in the history of alcohol and drugs.

ADHS at the AHA NYC Jan 2-5 2015

Pub, Street and Medicine Cabinet: 6th International Conference of the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, Hyatt Hotel, Buffalo 24-26th June 2011

ADHS at the AHA Chicago 2012