Demon Drink: George Cruikshank's “The Worship of Bacchus” in FocusBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7300.1494 (Published 16 June 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1494
- Trevor Jackson
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1, until 2 December 2001
Firstly, we are told that one or two glasses of red wine a day are good for you, and then researchers claim that there are no health benefits whatsoever, even from moderate drinking. To the 19th century artist George Cruikshank it seemed quite clear: all alcohol was evil, and moderate drinking invariably led to addiction and moral, social, and financial ruin.
Cruikshank was a prolific illustrator and social satirist who produced the famous original plates for Sketches by Boz and Oliver Twist. His father, …