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Introduction
Introduction
THE GROWING IMPORTANCE OF DRUG AND ALCOHOL RESEARCH

Our general aim in producing this Handbook has been to map drug and alcohol research disciplines and to illustrate the contribution of different disciplines to the study of substance use. To our knowledge no such map currently exists. In the last two to three decades, the interest in drug and alcohol issues has increased markedly in many societies. This is due both to an increase in worldwide use of substances and an increased political focus on both illegal and legal drug use.

This societal interest is also reflected in academia, in social, biological and health policy developments at national and international levels, and in the growth and diversification of professional services with responsibility, in some way, for those ...

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