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This informative, nine-volume series provides a comprehensive look at various drugs and how they affect human health and society. Each book provides an overview of a different drug, details its risks and effects, and discusses the challenges that society faces in controlling its use. The series follows a consistent format, with each chapter subdivided into sections of text, primary source quotes, and facts and illustrations. Alcohol provides a detailed examination of physiological and societal effects, as well as a discussion of underage drinking and treatment and prevention options. Using an informative and balanced tone, the author details the repercussions of alcohol abuse but also highlights the health benefits of moderate alcohol use. Inhalants follows a similar format, addressing personal risks, societal impact, and issues involved in controlling the misuse of legal substances. Both volumes use charts, graphs, and illustrations effectively to convey key points. In particular, Inhalants includes an excellent graphic of the human body to illustrate the effects of inhalant abuse on specific organs and systems. Other titles in the series include Cocaine and Crack, Club Drugs, Hallucinogens, Heroin, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Nicotine and Tobacco, and Performance-Enhancing Drugs. Although written by several authors, the books maintain a consistent, straightforward writing style. Chock full of facts and quotes, the books will be very useful to students with research projects, and there is plenty to engage casual readers as well. Reviewer: Amy Fiske
AGERANGE: Ages 15 to adult.

The Opposing Viewpoints series does a great job presenting diverse opinions on current topics in order to promote critical thinking skills. Student debaters and paper writers will benefit from the helpful way in which the selections are organized and introduced. The Presidential Election Process, for instance, presents a total of 22 brief articles excerpted from recent books, journals, and online sources, written by journalists, political science professors, and policy makers, and arranged in four chapters--Does the Nomination Process Produce the Best Candidates?; Should Campaign Spending Be Limited?; Do the Media Unfairly Influence Presidential Campaigns?; and Should the Electoral College Be Abolished or Reformed? Within each chapter each article’s stance is made clear by its title: e.g., “The Media Often Distort Candidates’ Positions,” or “Media Coverage of Candidates is Objective.” The book’s introduction provides an overview of the issues, while chapter prefaces explain what each debate is about. Brief paragraphs preface each article, summarizing the author’s argument and posing questions to consider while reading it. A few political cartoons and sidebars (e.g., a list of “Top 15 PACs in 2004 Election”) dot the text. End materials include a list of supplementary articles, questions for further discussion, and an annotated list of organizations to contact. The other volumes follow a similar format, and all are sure to provoke valuable discussions and debates in and out of classrooms. Reviewer: Paula Rohrlick
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737737349
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 219
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints?     11
Introduction     14
How Does Alcohol Use Affect Health?
Chapter Preface     19
Moderate Alcohol Consumption Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease$dWeinberg Group     21
Moderate Alcohol Consumption May Not Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease   Rod Jackson   Norman Swan     31
Drinking Impairs Youth Development$dU.S. Department of Health and Human Services     38
Moderate Drinking Does Not Impair Youth Development   David J. Hanson     43
Any Alcohol Use During Pregnancy Is Harmful$dCenters for Disease Control and Prevention     48
The Risks of Alcohol Consumption During Pregnancy Have Been Exaggerated   Daniel Rogov     54
Periodical Bibliography     61
Is Alcohol Use Harmful to Society?
Chapter Preface     63
The Economy Is Harmed by Alcohol   Susan Brink     65
The Economy Benefits from Alcohol   Bill Reed     71
Alcohol Consumption Is Linked to Violence$dWorld Health Organization     75
Most Alcohol Consumption Does Not Cause Violence$dInternational Center for Alcohol Policies     85
Underage Drinking Is a Serious Problem$dU.S. Department of Health and Human Services     93
The Risks of Underage Drinking Have BeenExaggerated   Maia Szalavitz     102
Periodical Bibliography     112
What Are the Causes of Alcohol Abuse?
Chapter Preface     114
Alcoholism Is a Disease$dNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism     116
Alcoholism Is Not a Disease$dBaldwin Research Institute     123
Youth Drinking Leads to Alcoholism   Ting-Kai Li     132
In Most Cultures, Youth Drinking Does Not Lead to Alcoholism   Dwight Heath     138
Periodical Bibliography     143
What Measures Should Be Taken to Reduce Alcohol-Related Problems?
Chapter Preface     145
Society Should Focus on Reducing the Negative Impacts of Alcohol$dWorld Health Organization     147
Society Should Celebrate the Positive Aspects of Alcohol   Stanton Peele     157
Drunk Driving Prevention Should Target Problem Drinkers   Jeanne Mejeur     168
It Would Be a Mistake to Target Only Problem Drinkers   Robert B. Voas   Eduardo Romano   A. Scott Tippetts   C. Debra M. Furr-Holden     175
Parental Supervision of Teenage Drinking Can Be Beneficial   Radley Balko     182
Parental Supervision of Teenage Drinking Encourages Dangerous Behavior   Dave Hepburn     187
Age-Twenty-One Drinking Laws Protect Youth   Wendy J. Hamilton     192
There Is No Evidence that Age-Twenty-One Drinking Laws Protect Youth   David Hanson   Matt Wolcoff     197
Periodical Bibliography     202
For Further Discussion     203
Organizations to Contact     206
Bibliography of Books     211
Index     215
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