Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity: Research and Public Policy

Paperback | March 25, 2010

byThomas F. Babor, Raul Caetano, Sally Casswell

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Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity - Research and Public Policy Second Edition is a collaborative effort by an international group of addiction scientists to improve the linkages between addiction science and alcohol policy. It presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form,the accumulated scientific knowledge on alcohol research that has a direct relevance to the development of alcohol policy on local, national, and international levels. It provides an objective analytical basis on which to build relevant policies globally and informs policy-makers who have directresponsibility for public health and social welfare. By locating alcohol policy primarily within the realm of public health, this book draws attention to the growing tendency for governments, both national and local, to consider alcohol misuse as a major determinant of ill health, and to organizesocietal responses accordingly.The scope of the book is comprehensive and international. The authors describe the conceptual basis for a rational alcohol policy and present new epidemiological data on the global dimensions of alcohol misuse. The core of the book is a critical review of the cumulative scientific evidence in sevengeneral areas of alcohol policy: pricing and taxation, regulating the physical availability of alcohol, modifying the environment in which drinking occurs, drinking-driving countermeasures, marketing restrictions, primary prevention programs in schools and other settings, and treatment and earlyintervention services. The final chapters discuss the current state of alcohol policy in different parts of the world and describe the need for a new approach to alcohol policy that is evidence-based, realistic, and coordinated.It will appeal to those involved in both addiction science and drug policy, as well as those in the wider fields of public health, health policy, epidemiology, and practising clinicians.A companion volume published by Oxford University Press, 'Drug Policy and the Public Good', is also available.

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Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity - Research and Public Policy Second Edition is a collaborative effort by an international group of addiction scientists to improve the linkages between addiction science and alcohol policy. It presents, in a comprehensive, practical, and readily accessible form,the accumulated scientific knowledge on alco...

Thomas Babor is a Professor and Chairman in the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He holds the University's Physicians Health Service endowed chair in Public Health and Community Medicine. Dr. Babor received his doctoral degree in social psychology from the University of Ar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:March 25, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199551146

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Table of Contents

1. Setting the policy agenda2. Alcohol: no ordinary commodity3. Alcohol consumption trends and patterns of drinking4. The global burden of alcohol consumption5. The alcohol beverage industry: global structure and strategies6. International context of alcohol policy7. Strategies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm8. Controlling affordability: pricing and taxation9. Regulating the physical availability of alcohol10. Modifying the drinking context: reducing harm in the licensed drinking environment and other contexts11. Drinking and driving prevention and countermeasures12. Restrictions on marketing13. Education and persuasion strategies14. Treatment and early intervention services15. The policymaking arena: Putting alcohol policies into effect16. Alcohol policies: a consumer's guide

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"The chapters effectively summarise and synthesise the current state of knowledge, and provide a tremendous resource for those interested in alcohol-related problems and their prevention... This book, prepared with support from WHO, builds directly on two similar volumes from previous decades. It will obviously be a central reference used by those specifically working on alcohol, but also makes key contributions to understanding and designing effective prevention policies and programmes for the full range of contemporary health problems." --The Lancet 03/04/2004