Why Alcohol is Legal and Other Drugs are Not
Virginia Berridge examines the relevance of past experiences to current policy-making.
My local London council, Camden, has recently had a scrutiny panel enquiry into licensing enforcement. Its draft report contains plenty of evidence that the law is part of alcohol control. Indeed alcohol is subject to a whole set of legal restrictions. Nevertheless, you would be more likely currently to buy a brandy in a pub than get it on prescription from your doctor; and the opposite would be true (maybe) for an opiate.
This article is available to History Today online subscribers only. If you are a subscriber, please log in.
Please choose one of these options to access this article:
- Purchase an online subscription
- Purchase a print and online subscription
- If you are already a print subscriber, purchase the online archive upgrade
Call our Subscriptions department on +44 (0)20 3219 7813 for more information.
If you are logged in but still cannot access the article, please contact us
- Middle East
- North America
- South America
- Central America
- Early Modern
- 20th Century
- 21st Century
- Economic History
- Environmental History
- Historical Memory
- Science & Technology