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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.