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With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Chapter 13: Community-Focused Approaches to the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Harms: From Past Experiences to Future Possibilities

Community-Focused Approaches to the Prevention of Alcohol-Related Harms: From Past Experiences to Future Possibilities
Community-focused approaches to the prevention of alcohol-related harms: from past experiences to future possibilities
Richard MidfordAnthony Shakeshaft
Historical context

Community-focused prevention of alcohol problems goes back to the American Temperance Movement, which sprang up in the early years of the nineteenth century as a grassroots effort to make people aware of the threat that alcohol posed at home and at work (Cherrington, 1920; Holder, 1992). The foundation of the American Temperance Society in Boston in 1826 marked a transition to more organized, larger scale activity, and within 12 years, the Society claimed to have more than 8,000 local groups and over 1.5 million members (Merrill, 1988).

The Temperance Movement spread to Continental Europe, Britain ...

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