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Introduction Geographies of Alcohol, Drinking and Drunkenness

This is the first book with a focus on geographies of alcohol, drinking and drunkenness. While disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, criminology, politics, social policy, and the health and medical sciences have a long tradition of exploring the role of alcohol, drinking and drunkenness in peoples’ lives, geographers have only recently began engage in this area of research. In the context of the voluminous number of books, journal articles, book chapters and official reports, research undertaken by geographers has yet to make a significant impact on debates. Nonetheless, recent work has shown that geographers have much to offer academic, policy and popular understandings of the complex political, economic, social, cultural and spatial practices and processes bound up with alcohol, drinking and drunkenness. The aim of this book is to build on that progress. By presenting theoretically informed empirical research undertaken in the UK and drawing on writing from around the world, we argue that space and place must be conceptualized as key constituents of practices and processes relating to alcohol, drinking and drunkenness. In doing so, we foreground the ways in which geographical approaches to studying alcohol, drinking and drunkenness can contribute to debates within and beyond the discipline.