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Pathfinder Pack on The Gothenburg Public House System (a SHELF Project Pathfinder Pack)
This resource presents an overview of the way in which the drinking habits, of mainly mining communities, were used to benefit the community, and in some cases, still continue to do so. The Trust Public House movement originated in the early Nineteenth century in Gothenburg in Sweden, hence its name, as an attempt to control the consumption of alcohol. In Sweden, every householder once had the right to distil their own spirits and many took advantage of this right. In the early Nineteenth century the annual per capita consumption of distilled alcohol has been quoted as 7.5 gallons. In 1855 a law was passed making domestic distillation illegal. The local authorities now had the power to grant licences and the city of Gothenburg decided to award the retail spirits licences to only one company, which would be run as a trust. The trust aimed to control pubs, restaurants and off licences in a way which would not encourage excessive consumption of spirits. The system was adopted in Scotland, with some success. The records illustrate many aspects of 'the Goths' of the Lothians and Fife. Try searching for the subject of your choice.
The Gothenburg Public House System (a SHELF Project Pathfinder Pack)
Scran ID: 000-000-001-357-L
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