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Alcohol and the Community: A Systems Approach to Prevention / Edition 1

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Overview

An individual's decision to use alcohol is not only a personal choice, but also a matter of custom and social behavior, and is influenced by access and economic factors including levels of disposable income and cost of alcoholic beverages.The author challenges the current implicit models used in alcohol problem prevention and demonstrates an ecological perspective of the community as a complex adaptive system, an appreciation and understanding of which offers a new approach to the prevention of alcohol dependence and alcohol-related problems.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book challenges current societal approaches to addressing alcohol-related problems, asserting that the focus should not be on individuals who abuse alcohol but on the community factors which more broadly influence consumption patterns within a population.
Purpose: Its primary purpose is to advance a systems approach and community-oriented conceptual model for understanding and preventing problems related to alcohol use. Part of a series of research monographs on various addictive behaviors, this book provides effective arguments and presents a radical departure from other books addressing problems related to alcohol.
Audience: Written primarily for current and future researchers into alcohol use and other addictive behaviors, this work will also interest policy makers, public health professionals, and social scientists.
Features: Charts, graphs, and figures are effectively used throughout the book. The index, table of contents, and appearance are average. References are comprehensive and timely. The book's unique feature is its systems approach to its subject matter.
Assessment: This is a very good book on a very important topic. Alcohol has become a critically important health problem in both developed and developing countries of the world. Approaches to dealing with the many problems resulting from alcohol have invariably focused on alcoholics and behavior risks associated with excessive consumption. This book advances a more dynamic adaptive systems view of alcohol use as a basis for understanding and developing more effective preventive interventions at the community level. The public health approach exemplified in this model makes for provocative and interesting reading for a variety of audiences.
From the Publisher
"Readers seeking clear and concise formulations about alcohol problems and their prevention will find much value in this work. All levels." Choice

"The book is appropriate for a wide audience that could include prevention scientists, those engaged in a broad range of alcohol studies, students seeking to understand how to apply systems thinking to other problem domains, and sophisticated readers who may not be familiar with alcohol studies but who are seeking a basic understanding of alcohol involved community prevention efforts...The book is rich with well conceived and...well executed charts and graphs to illustrate key concepts." Journal on Alcohol

"Logical, convincing and consistent...certainly worth reading, especially by students of addictions and public health in general." Canadian Journal of Public Health

"This book is a much-needed antidote for an overdose of brain biology in the contemporary understanding of alcoholism...Holder's reader is rewarded by a careful review of the research literature and a strongly expressed view that drinking is a community, not merely an individual, problem." Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

Bernard J. Turnock
This book challenges current societal approaches to addressing alcohol-related problems, asserting that the focus should not be on individuals who abuse alcohol but on the community factors which more broadly influence consumption patterns within a population. Its primary purpose is to advance a systems approach and community-oriented conceptual model for understanding and preventing problems related to alcohol use. Part of a series of research monographs on various addictive behaviors, this book provides effective arguments and presents a radical departure from other books addressing problems related to alcohol. Written primarily for current and future researchers into alcohol use and other addictive behaviors, this work will also interest policy makers, public health professionals, and social scientists. Charts, graphs, and figures are effectively used throughout the book. The index, table of contents, and appearance are average. References are comprehensive and timely. The book's unique feature is its systems approach to its subject matter. This is a very good book on a very important topic. Alcohol has become a critically important health problem in both developed and developing countries of the world. Approaches to dealing with the many problems resulting from alcohol have invariably focused on alcoholics and behavior risks associated with excessive consumption. This book advances a more dynamic adaptive systems view of alcohol use as a basis for understanding and developing more effective preventive interventions at the community level. The public health approach exemplified in this model makes for provocative and interesting reading for a variety of audiences.

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

Series editor's preface; Acknowledgements; 1. The community system of alcohol use and alcohol problems; 2. Consumption system; 3. Retail sales subsystem: alcohol availability and promotion; 4. Formal regulation and control subsystem: rules, administration and enforcement; 5. Social norms subsystem: community values and social influences that affect drinking; 6. Legal sanctions subsystem: prohibited uses of alcohol; 7. Social, economic and health consequences subsystem: community identification of and responses to alcohol problems; 8. Community-level alcohol problem prevention; References; Index.

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