Too Close for Comfort: On Drunkenness & Spaces

Among one of the reasons for the increase in absinthe drinking in late nineteenth-century France was the lack of good housing in comparison to the attractiveness of cafes. (p. 153, Absinthe: The Cocaine of the Nineteenth Century, Doris Lanier). Getting drunk together in public places was a social thing. A look at Hogarth’s Gin Lane and Beer Street confirms the preference for drinking in public places versus inside the dingy confines of slum housing.

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