Crazy About Gin: A sober story from public health history

15 December 2021, 14.30 GMT

Online Member Event

William Hogarth was one of many concerned about the spiral of poverty induced by gin addiction and the story behind his print, Gin Lane, 1751, is fascinating - and sobering. 

It was said of Hogarth that: “Other pictures we look at; his pictures we read.” What we read in his print series is influential satire of the debauchery of 18th century London, whether showing the misery of prostitution, the risks of gambling or the effects of gin on society. 

This talk will explain how the ‘gin craze’ started and the attempts to control it, as well as the changing fashions, role of women and political influences in alcohol consumption - and of course the evolution of the cocktail. 
In 2016 the RSPH commissioned artist Thomas Moore to re-imagine Gin Lane. Moore portrayed the many public health ills in today’s modern society, just as Hogarth had shown those present in the mid-18th century. 
Dr Rosalind Stanwell-Smith MB BCh, MSc, FRCOG, FFPH, FRSPH, DHMSA

Ros Stanwell-Smith is convinced that knowing history makes us better at public health. Otherwise, we are doomed to repeat past mistakes. She has long admired the work of William Hogarth and how images can convey a powerful public health message.

She has broad experience in public health, as well as clinical experience in managing patients with addiction. Recently she was editor of ‘Perspectives in Public Health’ and is currently an advisor to water companies.
Ros is an honorary fellow of the RSPH, honorary member of the American Public Health Association and honorary Associate Professor in the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Booking Information

This is a free Member Event. 

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