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Mud, Sweat, and Beers: A Cultural History of Sport and Alcohol
It is a claim that is hard to refute. Ever since it acquired its distinct identity, the public house has always been closely connected to sport. Whether as an alehouse, a tavern, an inn or a modern pub, sport has been at the heart of its life. And the publican, whether an athlete or not, has been central to the development of sport both ancient and modern. It is difficult to underestimate the importance of the drinking place to preindustrial societies. In general, it served as the fulcrum for village life.
In The Cricketer Annual of , Johnny Walker was asked what the difference was between a cricket ball and a good whisky. But a good whisky like Johnny Walker is somewhat like a billiard ball, perfectly round, perfectly smooth The function of a pub has never been merely to provide drink. Ideally, it is a centre of news, scandal, propositions, bets, diversions, conversation, entertainment, somewhere just to pass the time, to meet before the match - in short, the crack, until it got called the craic. As an Irishman, I thought I knew a fair deal about drink and sport.
Short-listed for the North American Society for Sport History Book Award Alcohol is never far from sporting events. Although popular thinking on the effects .
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Alcohol is never far from sporting events. Although popular thinking on the effects of drinking has changed considerably over time, throughout history sport and alcohol have been intimately linked. The Victorians, for example, believed that beer helped to build stamina, whereas today any serious athlete must abstain from the 'demon drink'. Yet despite current prohibitions and the widespread acceptance of alcohol's deleterious effects, the uneasy alliance of sport with alcohol remains culturally entrenched. It is common for sporting celebrities to struggle with alcoholism, and teams are often encouraged to 'bond' by drinking together. Indeed, many of today's major sporting sponsors are breweries and manufacturers of alcoholic drinks.