Alcohol in America
Drinking Practices and Problems
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This book is a definitive reference work on American drinking, presenting results that are not based on the skewed and captive samples found in hospital treatment settings, but rather on the general population. This means that the study addresses not only problem drinkers and drinking problems but also documents in rich detail the much more common drinking patterns of the vast majority of Americans. Special attention is given, for the first time in such surveys, to drinking patterns among Blacks and Hispanics.
Walter B. Clark is Senior Scientist with the Alcohol Research Group in Berkeley, California. Michael E. Hilton is Staff Fellow at the United States National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
"It provides, to my knowledge, the best combination of an up-to-date, comprehensive, carefully analyzed overview of American drinking patterns and alcohol-related problems. " — Norman Giesbrecht, Addiction Research Foundation, Toronto
"Alcohol consumption is a major aspect of American social and cultural life, and alcohol abuse is our costliest and most widespread drug problem. This book deals systematically with so many aspects of drinking behavior (patterns and trends, causes, contexts, and consequences) that it will be an important source of information to scholars, researchers, and graduate students; to people involved in the treatment and prevention of alcohol-related problems; and to people involved in formulating and implementing public policies about drug and alcohol use.
"This book is a unique and extremely valuable explanation of current knowledge about U. S. alcohol consumption. It will immediately become a standard reference for research on social aspects of alcohol consumption. " — Richard W. Wilsnack, University of North Dakota School of Medicine