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International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture

by Dwight B. Heath


Reveals multicultural and ethnic beliefs, practices, and attitudes about alcohol around the world.

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September 1995


Pages 416
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Geography and World Cultures/Culture

The first authoritative guide to how the world drinks, this reference details alcohol use in different countries and cultures. Variation is striking, with alcohol sometimes a food, a sacrament, a symbol, a tool, a tranquilizer, a medicine, a love potion, or an object of scorn—often with very different meanings and uses in a single country. This volume reveals multicultural and ethnic beliefs, practices, and attitudes about drinking around the world.

An extensive introduction discusses the close link between alcohol and culture and provides a foundation for the rest of the book. Each of the following chapters is written by an expert contributor and discusses alcohol and culture in a particular country. Chapters discuss historical trends, drinking among ethnic and religious minorities, national policies, and social outcomes. Countries range from industrial nations known for their alcohol research, to developing nations and to places famous for drinking. A concluding chapter highlights important similarities and differences.

Table of Contents

PrefaceAn Introduction to Alcohol and Culture in International Perspective by Dwight B. HeathAustralia by Wayne Hall and Ernest HunterCanada by Yuet W. Cheung and Patricia G. EricksonChile by Eduardo Medina CárdenasChina by Xiao JiachengDenmark by Peter SchiølerEgypt by Abdul Monheim AshourFrance by Véronique Nahoum-GrappeGermany by Irmgard VogtGuatemala by Walter Randolph AdamsHonduras by Kenneth W. Vittetoe BustillosIceland by Gylfi ÁsmundssonIndia by Davinder Mohan and H. K. SharmaIsrael by Shoshanna WeissItaly by Amadeo CottinoMalaysia by Charles Victor ArokiasamyMexico by Guillermina Natera ReyThe Netherlands by Henk F. L. Garretsen and Ien van de GoorNew Zealand by Julie ParkNigeria by O. G. OshodinPoland by Jacek Moskalewicz and Antoni Zieli'nskiRussia by Pavel I. SidorovSpain by Juan F. GamellaSri Lanka by Diyanath SamarasingheSweden by Karin Nyberg and Peter AllebeckThe United Kingdom by Martin A. PlantThe United States of America by David J. HansonZambia by Alan HaworthAn Anthropological View of Alcohol and Culture in International Perspective by Dwight B. HeathSome Generalizations about Alcohol and Culture by Dwight B. HeathAppendix: Per Capita ConsumptionGlossaryBibliographical Essay: General SourcesIndex



Articles in this Handbook review information about alcohol use in 27 different countries...As an anthropologist, the editor has successfully compiled a factually interesting account of the many different values and attitudes surrounding the use of this drug...The strength of this volume lies in its coherent presentation of factual material...This book is especially valuable for researchers interested in acquiring cross-cultural comparative insight in the use of this drug. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above.— Choice

It is imperative that we take culture--the shared beliefs, values, attitudes and practices associated with human groups--into account if we are to develop a complete and accurate understanding of the relationship between human beings and alcohol. This book represents a major contribution toward that goal.— Journal of Studies on Alcohol

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