Intoxicants and Early Modernity, England 1580-1740

The Intoxicants and Early Modernity research project explores the insight that the period between the introduction of tobacco in the 1570s and the ‘Gin Craze’ of the early eighteenth century was a formative phase in the production, traffic, consumption, and representation of intoxicants (substances understood at the time to be ‘poisoning, or envenoming’ and ‘tuddling or making drunk’).

This database makes freely available the data collected under each of our five thematic strands. This data include people, places, objects (such as drinking vessels, printed images), organisations, language (context-specific terminology), and events (such as legislation or transactions).