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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.

Chapter 1: Introduction: Sociological and Other Explanations for Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse1

Introduction: Sociological and Other Explanations for Drug and Alcohol Use and Abuse1
Chapter 1 Introduction: sociological and other explanations for drug and alcohol use and abuse
Thomas S. WeinbergGerhard FalkUrsula Adler Falk
The Growing Nationwide Opioid Epidemic

BUFFALO, New York—David Edick had always been close to his son, Benjamin. When he was a little boy, Benjamin enjoyed challenging his dad to Super Mario—and beating him at the video game.

Now, with Benjamin a grown man at 30, the father of a child of his own, the relationship revolved around cooking, working out together, and catching New York Mets and Denver Broncos games from the comfort of matching black leather recliners in David’s house in Buffalo, New York.

In the spring of 2015, Benjamin moved in with his dad, having ...

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