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13:15 - 13:55 27 November 2012

Lunch Hour Lecture: ‘Those that don’t drink, don’t die so fast’: drink, health and insurance in Victorian Britain


Darwin Lecture Theatre - access via Malet Place | Darwin Building (link Map)
access via Malet Place | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Open

Speaker information

Dr James Kneale, UCL Geography

In the nineteenth century, mainstream medical opinion suggested that abstaining from alcohol was a health risk. The advent of insurance policies for abstainers helped to chip away at this certainty, as well as encouraging policyholders to think about their health. This lecture will discuss how, by the start of the twentieth century, the medical profession had begun to do very well out of insurance, despite the ambiguities of assessing drink-related problems.


Catherine Dean
020 3108 3838 | c.dean@ucl.ac.uk


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