Pleasure and Panic

New Essays on the History of Alcohol and Drugs

Edited by Dan Malleck & Cheryl Krasnick Warsh
Categories: History, Health & Medicine, Canadian History, Regional & Cultural Studies, Public & Social Policy, Political Science
Publisher: UBC Press
Hardcover : 9780774867511, 280 pages, June 2022
Paperback : 9780774867528, 280 pages, January 2023
Ebook (PDF) : 9780774867535, 280 pages, June 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9780774867542, 280 pages, June 2022

Table of contents

Introduction: Problems with Pleasures / Dan Malleck

Part 1: Popular Pleasure and Panic

1 The Transgressive Woman: Gender, Class, Alcohol and Drugs in Canada from 1850 / Cheryl Krasnick Warsh

2 “To Find Out the Best Men and to Try to Get Them In”: Women, Temperance and Politics in Manchester 1873–1919 / Cynthia Belaskie

3 Youth, Drugs, and Surveillance at Manseau’s Woodstock Pop Festival / Eric Fillion

4 John Lennon, the LeDain Commission and the Rise of the Celebrity Activist / Greg Marquis

Part 2: Medicinal Pleasure and Panic

5 Manhood, Drink, and the “Medical Heresy” of U.S. Army Surgeon James Mann (1812–1816) / Renée Lafferty-Salhany

6 Medicinal Purposes: Pharmacists, Professionalism, and Liquor Laws in Victorian Ontario / Dan Malleck

7 A New Perspective on Harm Reduction: George Peters and the Chicago LSD Rescue Service / Christian Elcock

Part 3: The Business of Pleasure and Panic

8 Flogging a Dead Horse? Adulteration and Brewing in Nineteenth-Century England / Jonathan Reinarz

9 Charlie Wing and the Alberta Liquor Control Board: The Story of the First Chinese-Canadian Hotel Licensee in Post-Prohibition Alberta / Sarah Hamill

10 The Rise of the “Big Three”: The Emergence of a Canadian Brewing Oligopoly, 1945–1962 / Mathew J. Bellamy



Booze, dope, smokes, and weed. Mind-altering, mood-changing substances have been part of human society for millennia. Pleasure and Panic reveals how attitudes toward drug and alcohol consumption have always been deeply embedded in cultural fears and social, political, and economic disparities. Contributors to this collection explore how drugs and alcohol intersect with diverse histories, including gender, medicine, popular culture, and business. Pleasure and Panic brings a dispassionate voice to current debates about liberalizing drug and alcohol laws and challenges existing ideas about how to deal with the so-called problems of drug and alcohol use.


[Pleasure and Panic] is a compilation of fascinating studies that examine how the regulation and use of addictive substances have informed social movements, medical innovations, marketing, and even cultural identity.

- Dave Hazzan

Taken together, this collection [of essays] provides a valuable "state of the field," especially with regards to the history of drugs and alcohol in the Canadian context.

- Catherine Carstairs, University of Guelph