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The Rules of Drinking

Timeshift, Series 11 Episode 11 of 12

Timeshift digs into the archive to discover the unwritten rules that have governed the way we drink in Britain.

In the pubs and working men's clubs of the forties and fifties there were strict customs governing who stood where. To be invited to sup at the bar was a rite of passage for many young men, and it took years for women to be accepted into these bastions of masculinity. As the country prospered and foreign travel became widely available, so new drinking habits were introduced as we discovered wine and, even more exotically, cocktails.

People began to drink at home as well as at work, where journalists typified a tradition of the liquid lunch. Advertising played its part as lager was first sold as a woman's drink and then the drink of choice for young men with a bit of disposable income. The rules changed and changed again, but they were always there - unwritten and unspoken, yet underwriting our complicated relationship with drinking.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 5 Dec 2012 00:00

Credits

Role Contributor
NarratorMark Chapman
ProducerAlastair McKee
ProducerAlastair McKee
DirectorAlastair McKee
DirectorAlastair McKee
Series ProducerBen Southwell
Series ProducerBen Southwell
Executive ProducerMichael Poole
Executive ProducerMichael Poole

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