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Alcohol and the Community
A Systems Approach to Prevention

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Part of International Research Monographs in the Addictions

  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511824111
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  • An individual's decision to use alcohol and the frequency, quantity and situation of such 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 behaviour, 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. This book, first published in 1998, 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, an appreciation and understanding of which offers an alternative approach to the prevention of alcohol dependence and alcohol-related problems.

    • An ecological approach to preventing alcohol problems
    • First volume in an important series
    • Essential reading for public health professionals and policy makers internationally
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    'Anyone with an interest in alcohol policy of prevention will be enriched by reading this monograph. Libraries should look out for the IRMA series.' Addiction Biology

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    03rd Mar 2018 by Lehovec

    Me gustaria revisar este articulo para apoyar de mi investigacion en la Univerisidad en la que estoy

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511824111
    • contains: 49 b/w illus. 7 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Series editor's preface
    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

  • Author

    Harold D. Holder, Prevention Research Center, Berkeley, California

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