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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.

Drinking Alcohol: The Alcohol Culture
Chapter 3 Drinking alcohol: The alcohol culture
Thomas S. WeinbergGerhard FalkUrsula Adler Falk
Ideological Alcohol Culture

Culture is the human-made environment and consists of ideological, behavioral, and material customs. This definition applies to the manner in which alcohol is consumed in the United States, because eating and drinking does not only consist of ingesting a solid or liquid substance. Humans surround eating and drinking with theatrical performances, which are commanded by public opinion and become folkways, mores, and laws.

A folkway is a custom that carries no sanction, either positive or negative. A more is a custom that carries an unofficial negative or positive sanction enforced by the general consensus of the majority of citizens. Therefore, failure to drink alcohol is criticized in ...

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