Booze: A Distilled History

By (author) Craig Heron
Categories: Social and cultural history, History: specific events and topics, History, History and Archaeology
Publisher: Between the Lines
Paperback : 9781896357836, 512 pages, November 2003

Table of contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1: In Search of John Barleycorn
  • Chapter 2: The Water of Life
  • Chapter 3: Taking the Pledge
  • Chapter 4: The Reign of King Alcohol
  • Chapter 5: The Long Arm of the Law
  • Chapter 6: Wet Voices
  • Chapter 7: One Hell of a Farce
  • Chapter 8: Trying Again
  • Chapter 9: The Recreational Drug
  • Chapter 10: Rediscovering the Alcoholic
  • Chapter 11: The Elusive John Barleycorn
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index


Booze is a history of Canadian drink and drinking from the European conquest to the present. Filled with photographs, ads, and cartoons, this multifaceted story features the liquor traffic, alcohol in Native communities, the law and prohibition, public drunkenness, the workingman’s club, bootlegging, alcoholism, and a wide array of watering holes.

"To write about booze is to enter into a minefield of controversy," writes Heron, acknowledging the complexity of his subject. Booze is a work of engaging scholarship by one of Canada’s leading historians.


Heron deftly weaves together the intersection of alcohol consumption with such issues as community recreation, the regulation of public morality, the growth of policing, the Canadian suffrage movement, and class and racial divides.

- Quill & Quire