xviii, 395 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: sociological and other explanations for drug and alcohol use and abuse -- Alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs -- Drinking alcohol: the alcohol culture -- Alcohol and social institutions -- Benefits and costs of alcohol -- Alcohol in popular culture -- Alcohol and sexual behavior -- Alcoholism -- History of drug use in America and attempts to control it -- Drugs in popular culture -- Becoming a drug user: careers, personalities, and interaction-two perspectives -- The business of drug use: crime and law enforcement -- Prevention and treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders.
"The American Drug Culture" uses sociological and other perspectives to examine drug and alcohol use in U.S. society. The text is arranged topically rather than by drug categories and explores diverse aspects of drug use, including popular culture, sexuality, legal and criminal justice systems, other social institutions, and mental and physical health. It covers alcohol, the most widely used drug in the United States, more extensively than other texts on this subject. The authors include case studies from their own field research that gives students empathetic insights into the situations of those suffering from substance and alcohol abuse. -- From publisher's description.
Falk, Gerhard, 1924- author.
Falk, Ursula A., author.