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Alcohol Addiction: Not Worth the Buzz
     

Alcohol Addiction: Not Worth the Buzz

by Ida Walker
 

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What's wrong with a beer now and then? Or a glass of wine with dinner?

For Most people-of legal age-there's absolutely nothing wrong with having an occasional drink. But for others, those with drinking problems, there's no such thing as an occasional drink. For them, one drink leads to another and another and another...

Alcohol Addiction: Not Worth the Buzz

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What's wrong with a beer now and then? Or a glass of wine with dinner?

For Most people-of legal age-there's absolutely nothing wrong with having an occasional drink. But for others, those with drinking problems, there's no such thing as an occasional drink. For them, one drink leads to another and another and another...

Alcohol Addiction: Not Worth the Buzz provides you with important information about alcohol addiction (alcoholism) and other drinking problems. You will learn about the history of alcohol use and early attempts to curb drinking, how alcohol affects the brain, and the effects it has on the body in the long and short term. This book also provides information on how individuals with alcohol problems can get help. Through first-person stories, you will learn how alcohol personally affected the lives of young people, and how they did not let alcohol addiction defeat them.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Alcohol is a tough topic to teach, as teachers must find the balance between explaining what is safe and legal and what can lead to addiction. This selection in the "Illicit and Misused Drugs" series tackles alcohol's chemistry, such as the difference between wine and beer; the early history of alcohol use; alcohol in the "New World" such as the temperance movement; how alcohol affects the body; alcohol addiction; teens and alcohol; and treatment of alcohol addiction. The early chapters that focus on the history are reasonably interesting and free of preaching, such as the different ways on how Christian and Jews incorporated alcohol into rituals. The later chapters devolve into eye-rolling, sanctimonious prose, or making huge leaps, like a caption that reads "the teen years are a time of rebellion, when young adults are pushing limits and trying to express themselves. Sometimes this involves getting tattoos or piercings, and often drinking is a part of it as well." It's also overstocked with text, some of it to the point where it feels like the author was trying to fill space. While the name of the series consultant, a Johns Hopkins professor, is put in bold letters across the cover, the same introduction letter runs throughout the other books in the series, which does not instill faith in his vetting the information for accuracy or clarity. All in all, teachers and librarians may find it helpful to refer students to the history chapters, but should investigate other books covering alcohol addiction. It is part of the "Illicit and Misused Drugs" series from Mason Crest. Additional components include a glossary, bibliography and further reading section. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
VOYA - Donna L. Phillips
This book is part of an eighteen-volume reissue of the 2008 series, Illicit and Misused Drugs , with fresh covers and two new titles: Ecstasy and Dual Diagnosis. Addiction In America describes the concepts, causes, and issues common to all forms of substance abuse. The other books focus on a single substance and describe its history, users, dangers, and treatments. What purportedly sets this series apart is its effort to address the controversies. The information is accessible for its teen audience, and the writing is competent, if rarely compelling. Though the covers are new, the rest appears much the same. A comparison of Addiction In America revealed only the deletion from the new edition of two Web resources from "For More Information." The one-page bibliography has no new entries. (Contrast Marshall Cavendish's 2008 The Facts About Drugs And Society, with its 7-page bibliography, access date for every Internet citation, and entries from late 2006.) Abusing Over The Counter Drugs does describe 2012 legislation to regulate dextromethorphan, but its one-page bibliography includes only Internet resources, none with access dates. If less space were used for stock photos offering little more than a splash of color, more could be devoted to developing the currency and credibility of information. Libraries with the 2008 edition may want to consider the new titles. Otherwise, keep your 2008s, and if there is a need in the collection for something newer, examine other series published in 2012 or those coming out later this year. (Illicit and Misused Drugs) Reviewer: Donna L. Phillips

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422224281
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2012
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.66(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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