Alcohol and Drugs in North America
A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes]
by David M. Fahey and Jon S. Miller, Editors
August 2013, 919pp, 7x10
2 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-478-8
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Alcohol and drugs play a significant role in society, regardless of socioeconomic class. This encyclopedia looks at the history of all drugs in North America, including alcohol, tobacco, prescription drugs, cannabis, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and even chocolate and caffeinated drinks.

This two-volume encyclopedia provides accessibly written coverage on a wide range of topics, covering substances ranging from whiskey to peyote as well as related topics such as Mexican drug trafficking and societal effects caused by specific drugs. The entries also supply an excellent overview of the history of temperance movements in Canada and the United States; trends in alcohol consumption, its production, and its role in the economy; as well as alcohol’s and drugs’ roles in shaping national discourse, the creation of organizations for treatment and study, and legal responses.

This resource includes primary documents and a bibliography offering important books, articles, and Internet sources related to the topic.

David M. Fahey, PhD, is professor emeritus of history at Miami University, Oxford, OH. He is coeditor of ABC-CLIO's Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia and author of Temperance and Racism: John Bull, Johnny Reb, and the Good Templars. Fahey holds a doctorate in history from the University of Notre Dame.

Jon S. Miller, PhD, is associate professor of English at The University of Akron, Akron, OH. His published works include entries for ABC-CLIO's Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia, as well as several critical editions and an article about teaching editing in the American literature classroom. Miller holds a doctorate in English from The University of Iowa.


"The scope of this encyclopedia is much broader than other encyclopedias of substance abuse, including things such as energy drinks and intriguingly, the people associated with drugs such as Aldous Huxley. . . . This two-volume encyclopedia belongs in every collection to inform history, sociology, and substance abuse students and faculty."—Reference Reviews, October 1, 2014

"A plethora of reference books has been published on alcohol, drugs, and their use and abuse. This two-volume set is different; it fills a real need by concentrating on the history of alcohol and drug use and abuse. . . . Highly recommended."—Choice, February 1, 2014

"This reworking has two paramount changes—the inclusion of drugs, both legal and illegal, and the refocus to North America only, resulting in an entirely new and different reference source. This resource would be a valuable addition to high school, public, and undergraduate academic libraries. Its breadth and depth of substances make it a great starting point for undergraduate students."—Booklist, December 15, 2013

"The encyclopedia is interdisciplinary, looking at alcohol and drugs from many different perspectives. . . . This is a useful resource for school and public libraries."—ARBA, November 1, 2013
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