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Globalization and Addiction
Globalization and Addiction
Introduction

As early as 9000 BCE, it seems that humans have always made a special place for alcohol and drugs in their culture, whether as a food, an intoxicant, a medicine, or a status symbol. In addition, it appears that the use of alcohol was regulated by social norms and the customs of ritual, whether used for nutrition or celebration. Iain Gately, in his exhaustive historical study from ancient times to the modern day, Drink (2008), paints a picture of more temperate and moderate drinking habits occurring in stable families, communities, and societies. Turbulent times and more excessive drinking patterns seem to go hand in hand. Simply put, cultures of balance and cultures of intoxication have existed throughout history (Gately, ...

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