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Alcohol and the Community : A Systems Approach to Prevention - Harold D. Holder

Alcohol and the Community

A Systems Approach to Prevention

Hardcover Published: 28th March 1998
ISBN: 9780521591874
Number Of Pages: 198

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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 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, an appreciation and understanding of which offers a new approach to the prevention of alcohol dependence and alcohol-related problems.

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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

Series editor's preface
The community system of alcohol use and alcohol problems
Consumption system
Retail sales subsystem: alcohol availability and promotion
Formal regulation and control subsystem: rules, administration and enforcement
Social norms subsystem: community values and social influences that affect drinking
Legal sanctions subsystem: prohibited uses of alcohol
Social, economic and health consequences subsystem: community identification of and responses to alcohol problems
Community-level alcohol problem prevention
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ISBN: 9780521591874
ISBN-10: 0521591872
Series: International Research Monographs in the Addictions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 28th March 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.72  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.45