Drinking in Context

Publications  Drinking in Context

 Editors: Gerry V. Stimson, Marcus Grant, Marie Choquet, Preston Garrison 

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December 19, 2006
Hardcover, 250 pages
ISBN: 978-0-415-95447-1 (0-415-95447-9)
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Drinking beverage alcohol is a widespread source of individual and social pleasure in most countries around the world. Yet, some drinking patterns can lead to serious physical, mental, and social harms. Drinking in Context is intended to complement existing volumes dealing with international alcohol policy by focusing on three main themes: drinking patterns, targeted interventions, and partnership development.

An understanding that patterns of drinking are important predictors of outcomes has led to a growing realization that alcohol policies and prevention strategies need to focus on excessive or irresponsible drinking. As a result, there has been a shift towards interventions that address the targeted reduction of harm. These approaches recognize socio-cultural differences and avoid trying to impose a one-size-fits-all solution. In this context, multi-stakeholder partnerships offer an excellent opportunity to promote the complex mix of measures required by each society. Drinking in Context gives special emphasis to three issues that are of great concern worldwide: alcohol-impaired driving, alcohol abuse among young people and public disorder. 

This book was commissioned by the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP), with assistance of expertise from the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA), World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH), and the Institut de Recherches Scientifiques sur les Boissons (IREB).

A Japanese-language edition of Drinking in Context was launched in Tokyo in April 2007.  Information on launch events around this book in London, Tokyo, Nairobi, and Washington, DC, is available in the Press Kit.

Table of contents:

  • List of Contributing Authors
  • Foreword
  • Chapter 1: New Solutions to Changing Problems
  • Chapter 2: Patterns of Drinking and Their Outcomes
  • Chapter 3: Selecting the Right Interventions: The Need for Assessment
  • Chapter 4: Opportunities for Targeted and Tailored Interventions
  • Chapter 5: Targeting Behavior: Alcohol-impaired Driving
  • Chapter 6: Targeting Drinking Contexts: Public Disorder
  • Chapter 7: Targeting Groups: Young People
  • Chapter 8: Feasible Interventions for Minimizing Harm
  • Chapter 9: Key Players and Partnerships
  • Chapter 10: Finding Common Ground: Conflict of Interest or Interest in Partnership?
  • Conclusions
  • Afterword by Norman Sartorius
  • Annex: Alcohol and the Global Burden of Disease: Methodological Issues
  • Index

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