Alcohol and the Community: A Systems Approach to Prevention

Alcohol and the Community: A Systems Approach to Prevention

by Harold D. Holder

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Overview

An individual's decision to use alcohol and the frequency, quantity, and situations of use are the result of a combination of biological and social factors. Drinking 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. Until prevention efforts cease to focus narrowly on the individual and begin to adopt broader community perspectives on alcohol problems and strategies to reduce them, these efforts will fail. 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 composed of interacting subsystems. This important volume represents a new and sensible approach to the prevention of alcohol dependence and alcohol-related problems.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521035040
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/14/2006
Series: International Research Monographs in the Addictions
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)

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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