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Geoffrey Hunt & Vibeke Asmussen Frank

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

Chapter 18: Reflecting on Intoxication

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Reflecting on Intoxication
Reflecting on intoxication
Geoffrey HuntVibeke Asmussen Frank

Every society on Earth is a high society. (Jay 2010: 9)

The universal need for liberation from the restrictions of mundane existence is satisfied by experiencing altered states of consciousness. (Rudgley 1993: 3)

Introduction

These statements about the universal desire for intoxication and the pleasurable features of intoxication may seem surprising given recent concerns about binge drinking and intoxication, especially among young people, where an increase in youthful drunken behavior has grabbed the attention of researchers, the media, and public officials. ‘Drinking to intoxication’ is viewed by the authorities, according to Helen Keane as ‘the most harmful of alcohol-related behaviors with a significant negative impact on individual and community safety and well-being’ (Keane 2009: 135). This attitude to drinking ...

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