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The Daily Register offers citations of recent publications and news
related to the history of alcohol and drugs.


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Utrecht conference, including program (from POINTS)

The Alcohol and Drugs History Society convenes this weekend at Utrecht University in the Netherlands for its biennial meeting.  The conference theme is “Drinking and Drug Policies in History: Contextualizing Causes and Consequences.” There, participants are presenting new research and charting the future of the field. In an opening keynote address delivered Friday evening, “The Consumption of Intoxicants in the Past – Old Problems, New Approaches,” Phil Withington suggested innovative methodologies to make sense of how and why people – and, importantly, which people – used intoxicants in the past. (Also be sure to check out Dr. Withington’s Intoxicant Project for more information on drug use in early modern Europe.)

Research presentations cover topics throughout history (including today) and across the world, featuring historians but also representatives from sociology, public health, American studies, literature, and other fields. Follow this link to view the conference program schedule and see a complete list of abstracts here. Points will publish a conference retrospective after the fact but please join in the revelry if you’re near Utrecht this weekend!

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Montgomery County, Ohio, most overdose deaths in the USA per capita

“An estimated 800 people in Montgomery County [in Ohio, which includes the city of Dayton] will die this year from drug overdose, more than double the 370 overdose deaths the county recorded last year, giving it the unfortunate distinction of logging the most overdose deaths in the country per capita, according to the county’s coroner’s office.”

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Idaho and prohibition

article by Arthur Hart.

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India’s trysts with prohibition (POINTS)

by Kawal Deep Kour

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Chinese cigarettes (book)

Poisonous Pandas: Chinese Cigarette Manufacturing in Critical Historical Perspectives,
EDITED BY MATTHEW KOHRMAN, GAN QUAN, LIU WENNAN, AND ROBERT N. PROCTOR (Stanford University Press, forthcoming 27 Feb 2018).

A favorite icon for cigarette manufacturers across China since the mid-twentieth century has been the panda, with factories from Shanghai to Sichuan using cuddly cliché to market tobacco products. The proliferation of panda-branded cigarettes coincides with profound, yet poorly appreciated, shifts in the worldwide tobacco trade. Over the last fifty years, transnational tobacco companies and their allies have fueled a tripling the world’s annual consumption of cigarettes. At the forefront is the China National Tobacco Corporation, now producing forty percent of cigarettes sold globally. What’s enabled the manufacturing of cigarettes in China to flourish since the time of Mao and to prosper even amidst public health condemnation of smoking?

In Poisonous Pandas, an interdisciplinary group of scholars comes together to tell that story. They offer novel portraits of people within the Chinese polity―government leaders, scientists, tax officials, artists, museum curators, and soldiers―who have experimentally revamped the country’s pre-Communist cigarette supply chain and fitfully expanded its political, economic, and cultural influence. These portraits cut against the grain of what contemporary tobacco-control experts typically study, opening a vital new window on tobacco―the single largest cause of preventable death worldwide today.

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Consumption in London, 1666-1780 (thesis)

Stephanie N. Duensing, “Taverns, Inns and Alehouses? An Archaeology of Consumption Practices in the City of London, 1666–1780” (Ph.D., University of Manchester, 2014).

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