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“Like any good cocktail, this book brings together tasty ingredients in a delicious mix.” Boston Herald
Intoxicology is an addictive investigation into the history and culture of Narcotica - from the everyday use of alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco to the illicit realm of opiates, amphetamines, and hallucinogens. The book is a witty and provocative look at why intoxication has always been a part of the human experience - from our earliest Stone Age rituals to the practices of the ancient Greeks and Romans, right on up through the Victorian era and ending with a flourish in modern times - and why the use of mind-altering substances is, and will continue to be, an essential part, however transgressive, of civilization.
“An insightful overview of humanity’s historical and cultural attachment to various intoxicants…it deserves a prominent place in the emerging discussion reshaping understanding and policies regarding intoxication and the use of drugs and alcohol.”Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Walton is particularly, and convincingly, engrossing, an elegant and forceful stylist.” Guardian
“Hilariously well-versed…Walton’s wit is deliciously dry.” Seattle Weekly
“A fluent plea for legalisation, by the only wine writer ever to admit that one of the best things about wine is the fact that it gets you pissed.” Class
“Irvine Welsh and Stuart Walton have done more than most writers to change our attitudes to drug use.” Independent
“It is the most refreshing book ever published on the subject…beautifully written.” Big Issue
“Reading Stuart Walton's prose is a bit like going on some kind of trip. His erudition is dizzying.” Mail on Sunday
“True to its theme, Walton's compelling and trenchant polemic is apt to induce a welter of sensations.” Evening Standard