Problem Drinking by Nick Heather

Problem Drinking

byNick Heather, Ian Robertson

Paperback | August 1, 1997

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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' isbest 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, socialworkers, 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

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Professor Nick Heather Newcastle City Health NHS Trust Northern Regional Alcohol and Drug Service Plummer Court Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 6UR Tel:0191 230 1300
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Title:Problem DrinkingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:August 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192628615

ISBN - 13:9780192628619

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Preface to 3rd editionIntroductionPart 1 - Problem drinking is not a diseaseThe historical conceptHow many disease concepts of alcoholism are there?The evidencePros and cons of the disease perspectivePart 2 - Problem drinking: a social psychological paradigmSetting the sceneConditioningCognitionSome practical implications

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`'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.