Problem Drinking aims to bridge the wide gap that exists between the modern, scientific account of the nature of alcohol problems, and the popular understanding of the subject. In particular, it presents detailed evidence and arguments against the commonly accepted view that 'alcoholism' is best regarded as a disease. Instead, it outlines an alternative approach to alcohol problems, based on the premise that they are best seen as examples of socially
learned behaviour. In the third edition, the authors have brought the book up to date by covering the major developments that have taken place in recent years, in particular in the field of genetics. The book is also one of the first to discuss the results and recommendations of the 5 year
long Project MATCH study, probably the most extensive alcohol study ever undertaken, the results of which are due to be published in 1997. The book provides a useful textbook for students undertaking courses in alcoholism, as part of psychology and psychiatry degrees, and provides practical advice for counsellors, social workers, and health promotion officers. Reviews of the 2nd edition '... a valuable and clearly written exposition of problem
drinking...' British Journal of Psychiatry, 1990 'Certainly this book should provoke general practitioners to reassess their views about the problem and should be read by those people working in the field.' Family Practice, 1991
`'The book provides a sustained argument informed by scientific advances and as such it succeeds admirably...The book is extremely clear and interesting and should be recommended to inform the current generation of clinicians and students as it has done in the past.'
Dr Bruce Ritson, Jnl of Mental Health (1998) 7, 5, 535-538.
Preface to 3rd edition
Part 1 - Problem drinking is not a disease
The historical concept
How many disease concepts of alcoholism are there?
Pros and cons of the disease perspective
Part 2 - Problem drinking: a social psychological paradigm
Setting the scene
Some practical implications
Series: Oxford Medical Publications
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 3
Edition Type: Revised