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Alcohol: The World's Favorite Drug

Edwards, Griffith

Verlag: Thomas Dunne Books, 2002
ISBN 10: 0312283873 / ISBN 13: 9780312283872
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Titel: Alcohol: The World's Favorite Drug

Verlag: Thomas Dunne Books

Erscheinungsdatum: 2002

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Inhaltsangabe: Alcohol can be an item of diet, a medicine, sometimes an element in religious ritual. It is a valued object for the connoisseur, a traded commodity and a symbol of national pride (wine for instance in France, whisky in Scotland). The range of social and medical problems associated with alcohol and the history of related treatment methods (including the temperance movement, prohibition, AA and a range of contemporary approaches) are considered here. Already considered a classic in the field in England, Alcohol has proved to be fascinating reading for drinkers and nondrinkers alike.

Rezension: Griffith Edwards's Alcohol is a short, ambitious overview of the "the world's favorite drug." He begins on the molecular level and ranges wide, with peeks at alcohol's role in religion, in secular mythology, as a medicine, a disease, source of misery and elation, and something to be legislated and taxed. Edwards, though a stiff stylist, can be interesting, as when discussing the search for a "sovereign" remedy for alcoholism, the "disease concept" of alcoholism, the relative efficacy of Alcoholics Anonymous, and especially how cultural expectations affect the behavior of inebriates. The book's brevity is problematic: a history of England's 18th-century gin epidemic raises more questions than it answers; his statement that AA "probably works, in some way or other, for not less than 50 percent of [those] who make contact with it" needs annotation; and his essay on America's Prohibition era is annoyingly sketchy. Edwards, commendably, maintains a rigorous objectivity throughout. --H. O'Billovich

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