by Peter L. Myers and Richard E. Isralowitz
April 2011, 250pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

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Alcohol use is firmly entrenched in popular culture; its abuse is even often tolerated. Yet the consumption of alcohol is directly tied to major public health issues and socioeconomic problems throughout society, and the related costs—in both dollars and loss of human life—are staggering.

This text provides up-to-date, comprehensive, and accessible information about alcohol use in western society and other cultures.

In 2009, President Barack Obama hosted a friendly “beer summit” on the White House lawn in an attempt to diffuse a racially charged incident between a Caucasian policeman and an African American professor. In the United States, beer and other alcoholic beverage companies are often the main advertisers during television sporting event coverage. A study has found that 44 percent of American college students participate in binge drinking, while the NHTSA reports that over 31 percent of traffic fatalities involve a driver with an illegal blood-alcohol content level. In our culture, consumption of alcohol is both widely accepted as a healthy social norm and condemned as a crime.

Alcohol provides information about how alcohol acts upon the body, the social problems related to alcohol use, medical disorders connected to alcohol use, alcohol use throughout world cultures and the American population, and public policy issues. This book also contains sections on adolescent and college student alcohol use.


  • Provides a chronological presentation of alcohol consumption in world cultures, American society, public policy, and related issues
  • Includes a bibliography and index to facilitate further reading and direct access to information on specific topics
Peter L. Myers, PhD, is the editor of the Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse. His published works include 21st Century Research on Drugs and Ethnicity: Studies Supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Becoming an Addictions Counselor: A Comprehensive Text. Myers was formerly a professor of addiction studies and president of the International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education.

Richard E. Isralowitz, PhD, is professor and director of the Regional Alcohol and Drug Abuse Resources Center at Ben Gurion University. His published works include Drug Use, Policy, and Management and ABC-CLIO's Drug Use: A Reference Handbook. Isralowitz is a Fulbright Scholar and was selected as Distinguished International Scientist by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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