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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 and Sexual Behavior
Chapter 7 Alcohol and sexual behavior
Thomas S. WeinbergGerhard FalkUrsula Adler Falk

A Book of Verses underneath the Bough,

A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread—and Thou

Beside me singing in the Wilderness—

Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!

—Khayyam 1889/1120

Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

—Nash 1931

The opening quotations illustrate two very different perspectives on alcohol and sex. Omar Khayyam’s almost 1,000-year-old verse equates alcohol with love and romance, whereas Ogden Nash’s crass and pragmatic doggerel written in the early 1930s sees alcohol as a tool for seduction. Not much has changed in a thousand years or 86. On one side, couples often understand a romantic dinner, perhaps in an upscale restaurant with candlelight and a bottle of premium wine, as foreplay, helping them to ...

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