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.

Reflecting on Intoxication

Reflecting on Intoxication

Reflecting on intoxication
Geoffrey HuntVibeke Asmussen Frank

Every society on Earth is a high society. (Jay 2010: 9)

The universal need for liberation from the restrictions of mundane existence is satisfied by experiencing altered states of consciousness. (Rudgley 1993: 3)


These statements about the universal desire for intoxication and the pleasurable features of intoxication may seem surprising given recent concerns about binge drinking and intoxication, especially among young people, where an increase in youthful drunken behavior has grabbed the attention of researchers, the media, and public officials. ‘Drinking to intoxication’ is viewed by the authorities, according to Helen Keane as ‘the most harmful of alcohol-related behaviors with a significant negative impact on individual and community safety and well-being’ (Keane 2009: 135). This attitude to drinking ...

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