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Author Valverde, Mariana, 1955-

Title Diseases of the will : alcohol and the dilemmas of freedom / Mariana Valverde
Published Cambridge : Cambridge University press, 1998


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Description xii, 251 pages ; 24 cm
Series Cambridge studies in law and society
Cambridge studies in law and society.
Contents 1. Disease or Habit? Alcoholism and the Exercise of Freedom -- 2. Repairing Diseased Wills: Victorian Science and Pastoral Medicine before Alcoholism -- 3. The Fragmentation of Inebriety -- 4. Enlightened Hedonism: The Emergence of Alcohol Science in the United States -- 5. The Power of Powerlessness: Alcoholics Anonymous' Techniques for Governing the Self -- 6. The Liquor of Government and the Government of Liquor -- 7. Reducing Risks, Replacing Fluids -- 8. Judicial Diagnostics: Intoxicated Automatism and the Resurrection of the Will -- Appendix: The Twelve Steps
Summary While associated with comfort and pleasure, alcohol continues to be a 'problem' substance, both for medical and political authorities and for many drinkers. In this broad-ranging and innovative historical-sociological investigation, Valverde explores the ways in which both authorities and individual consumers have defined and managed the pleasures and dangers of alcoholic beverages. Paradoxically, excessive drinking has been perceived to weaken 'the free will' and to be simultaneously caused by a weakness of the will. Valverde explores how the notion of a free will has been challenged by ideas about addiction. Based on years of original research, and drawing on North American, British and other sources, this book discusses nineteenth century 'dipsomania', the history of inebriate homes, postwar American notions of 'the alcoholic personality', Alcoholics Anonymous, fetal alcohol education, and liquor control and licencing
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Alcohol -- History.
Alcohol -- Law and legislation -- History.
Alcoholism -- History.
Alcoholics -- Rehabilitation -- History.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- History.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages.
Free will and determinism.
Liquor laws -- History.
lcoholism -- History
Alcohol Drinking -- history.
Alcohol Drinking.
LC no. 98007276
ISBN 0521623006