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KEY FEATURES: Two opening chapters introduce readers to the theories and perspectives used by social scientists to study drugs and alcohol, and to the larger trends in legal and illegal use of controlled substances. Six chapters on alcohol provide comprehensive coverage of the most widely used and abused drug in America. Lively discussions of alcohol and drugs in American popular culture brings the topic to life and relatable. Two appendices contain case histories from the authors' field research of individuals with alcohol and substance use disorders.

Benefits and Costs of Alcohol
Chapter 5 Benefits and costs of alcohol
Thomas S. WeinbergGerhard FalkUrsula Adler Falk
Benefits of Alcohol
Alcohol and the Life Cycle

Drinking alcohol is an ancient tradition practiced among the Greeks and Romans, who even labeled one of their gods Bacchus or Liber, the god of wine. These ancient peoples celebrated weddings and other events by becoming intoxicated, a condition viewed as an important means of enjoyment and recreation.

In American culture alcohol plays a role throughout life, and it may even begin before birth if a pregnant woman drinks. Because alcohol can endanger the fetus, there has been a public health campaign against the use of alcohol by pregnant women. This campaign consists of warnings by physicians and a label placed on every ...

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