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.

Public Health Approaches to Substance Use: A Critique

Public Health Approaches to Substance Use: A Critique

Public health approaches to substance use: a critique
Susanne MacGregor


At Christmas 2014, representatives of leading doctors, public health campaigners and health charities wrote to a British national newspaper calling for a ban on alcohol firms sponsoring football clubs and other sports events. Signatories to the letter included the Alcohol Health Alliance UK, the Royal Colleges of Physicians, Anaesthetists, Nursing and Psychiatrists and the College of Emergency Medicine, along with 30 others. Their letter said ‘It would be considered outrageous if high profile clubs like Everton or Celtic were to become brand ambassadors for tobacco and so why is it acceptable for alcohol?’ (The Guardian, 26 December 2014). Reports noted that France has banned alcohol sponsorship of sport ...

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