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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.

Alcohol in Popular Culture
Chapter 6 Alcohol in popular culture
Thomas S. WeinbergGerhard FalkUrsula Adler Falk

In this chapter, we look at the many ways in which alcohol has become part of popular culture. Alcoholic drinks have long been a part of the human experience. Alcohol has been used for at least 10,000 years and is the most widely consumed substance worldwide (Goode 2008:177). In fact, “alcohol has played a central role in almost all human cultures since Neolithic times (about 4000 BCE). All societies, without exception, make use of intoxicating substances, alcohol being by far the most common” (Social Issues Research Centre 1998:6). In 2013, archaeologists digging in the ruins of a Canaanite palace located in northern Israel and dating from 1700 BCE discovered 40 ...

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