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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.

Addiction: Critical Reflections on a Debated Concept
Addiction: critical reflections on a debated concept
Helen Keane
Introduction

Why do some people continue to drink heavily when alcohol is causing major problems in their lives? Why do smokers struggle to quit despite a strong desire to do so, and why do they so often relapse? Why are illicit drug users prepared to risk imprisonment in order to access their drugs? Addiction is a core concept in the drug and alcohol field because of its ability to provide an explanatory response to such questions. It provides a reason for seemingly irrational behaviour by positing the existence of some kind of force or drive that overpowers the individual will, compelling people to act in ways counter to their own interests ...

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