Medicine And Books

Women and Alcohol: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 19 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:197
  1. Alex Paton, retired consultant physician
  1. Oxfordshire

    Moira Plant Free Association Books, £15.95, pp 388 ISBN 1 85343 364 0

    The macho Romans meted out severe punishments to women (the traditional producers and retailers of alcohol) if they touched a drop of the stuff; the fun loving Etruscans made sure that women as well as men were provided with wine in the afterlife. Nowadays men drink alcohol in some Islamic countries, but women on the whole do not; we enlightened Europeans boast that we …

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