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 4: Alcohol and Social Institutions
Alcohol and Social Institutions
Alcohol and the Family
It is self-evident that any family may be affected by excessive alcohol use by any one of its members. Alone, the fact that those with alcohol-related disorders have higher costs for medical expenses in addition to the cost of the alcohol itself may cause economic hardships for those dependent on the alcohol user.
In addition, wives and children of heavy drinkers are more often in need of such medical services as psychiatric counseling because of the emotional damage caused by alcoholism in the family. It has also been found that the earlier a child uses alcohol, the greater the possibility of the child becoming alcohol dependent as an ...