Perspectives on Substance Use, Disorders and Addiction, Second Edition, is a philosophical and clinical text that suggests new ways to think about the relationships, enjoyment, and troubles with substances of pleasure. The book is designed for students and clinicians who come in contact with and treat individuals and families struggling with the causes and consequences of substance use disorders and addiction. The second edition of Perspectives presents a refreshing blend of ancient and contemporary ideas on the natural pleasures and potential powers of alcohol and drugs in our everyday individual and collective lives.

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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