With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Alcohol Policy in Global Context

Alcohol Policy in Global Context

Alcohol policy in global context
James Nicholls


Alcohol has been a feature of human society for millennia; however, its consumption has never been evenly spread globally (Hames, 2012; Phillips, 2014). Both consumption and production of alcohol is higher in Europe than other world regions – a reflection of the long social and cultural history of alcohol in Europe (Anderson et al., 2012: 1; World Health Organization, 2014: 29). By contrast, consumption is low in the Middle East, North Africa and areas of the developing world where alcohol plays a less important role in cultural practices, is proscribed for religious reasons or where poverty or limited availability constrains use. There have been significant recent increases in alcohol consumption in China and the ...

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