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Encyclopedia > Alcohol and Drugs History Society

The Alcohol and Drugs History Society is a scholarly organization whose members study the history of a variety of illegal, regulated, and unregulated drugs such as opium, alcohol, and coffee. Organized in 2004, the ADHS is the successor of a society with a more limited scope, the Alcohol and Temperance History Group, which existed for 25 years. The last ATHG president and the first ADHS president was Ian R. Tyrrell, an Australian. In July 2006 he was succeeded by an American, W.J. Rorabaugh. Although most ADHS members are English-speakers, there are a few members in Scandinavia, Germany, and elsewhere. The ADHS sponsors The Social History of Alcohol and Drugs: an Interdisciplinary Journal, which appears in both printed and electronic formats, a website that provides bibliographical news and contemporary stories, and a listserv group. The ADHS is affiliated with the American Historical Association and sponsors sessions at the January meetings of the AHA. The ADHS plans an international conference in Canada in August 2007, with Guelph University (Ontario) as the host. Many drugs are provided in tablet form. ... Opium is a narcotic analgesic drug which is obtained from the unripe seed pods of the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum L. or the synonym paeoniflorum). ... In chemistry, an alcohol is any organic compound in which a hydroxyl group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom of an alkyl or substituted alkyl group. ... Coffee Coffee is a beverage, served hot or with ice, prepared from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Early elections in November are announced in the Netherlands. ... W.J. (William Joseph) Rorabaugh is a professor of history at the University of Washington and the managing editor of Pacific Northwest Quarterly. ... Scandinavia is a region in Northern Europe named after the Scandinavian Peninsula. ... LISTSERV® is an electronic mailing list software application, originally developed in the mid 1980s for the Bitnet computer network. ... The American Historical Association (AHA) is a society of historians and teachers of history founded in 1884 and incorporated by the United States Congress in 1889. ...

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