Profile: John Germov


John Germov is a sociologist with research interests spanning the social origins of food and alcohol habits, public health nutrition, sociology of obesity, and workplace change. Recent work focuses on ethical consumption, Slow Food, and the historical sociology of wine. He has published 18 books, including a Canadian edition of his social determinants of health reader, Second Opinion (2014), and A Sociology of Food and Nutrition: The Social Appetite (2008, with Professor Lauren Williams).

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The Rise of Australia as a Wine Nation

Think of alcohol in Australian life and you probably think of beer: a “hard-earned thirst” and all that. Yet the national drinking taste is undergoing a dramatic change. Whereas 50 years ago Australians drank 20 times more beer than wine, the comparison has narrowed to only three times more beer by volume. Beer is lower in alcohol than wine so if we look at pure alcohol rather than total fluid consumed: very little separates the two.

Category: Wine

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