From 22 June 2017 to 25 June 2017

Conference ADHS on Drinking and Drug Policies in History


The twentieth century dawned with an unparalleled drive to regulate the production, distribution, and consumption of alcohol and other psychoactive substances. Many countries have developed their own specific historical trajectories of substance regulation, consumption, and user cultures. This regulatory drive continued into the 21st century, where today we live once more in a period of decisive regulatory changes and discussion, for instance in the submission of national regulations in Europe to EU directives. On the other hand, the ‘war on drugs’ is now more contested than ever before.

Global discussions have intensified concerning the consequences, feasibility, and desirability of drug prohibition. Moreover, the rise of virtual communities of substance use defies regulation within national borders.

To befit the context of this global discussion, and to stimulate comparative transnational research on substance use and regulation, the ADHS conference is bringing scholars from all over the world together to address histories, problems and consequences of substance regulation in their wider contexts – including political, social, and cultural developments, as well as responses by and consequences for civil society, communities, and individuals. Next to that, new methodological approaches will be discussed as well.

General information about ADHS

The Alcohol and Drugs History Society is an international society of scholars working in the field of alcohol and drugs history.  It publishes The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs journal and the Points blog.

Mission:  The Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS) exists to foster exchange among scholars interested in all aspect of past alcohol or drug use or control within any society. Its mission is to promote scholarship and discussions about the history of alcohol and drug use, abuse, production, trade and regulation across time and space.

History of ADHS: The current Society was founded in 1979 and was then known as the Alcohol and Temperance History Group.  Over the following decades as the historical study of drugs increased, the decision was made in 2004 to change the name of the group to The Alcohol and Drugs History Society.  Past Presidents include: Ian Tyrrell (2004-2006), Willaim J. Rorobaugh (2006-2008), David T. Courtwright (2008-2011), Joseph Spillane (2011-13), Scott C. Martin (2013-15).  The Current President is Virginia Berridge.


Start date and time
22 June 2017
End date and time
25 June 2017