- Documents the search for policies that protect health and prevent disability, and addresses the social problems associated with the misuse of beverage alcohol
- Describes the advances in alcohol research that have direct relevance to the development of effective alcohol policies at the local, national and international levels
- A companion volume to 'Drug Policy and the Public Good', also published by Oxford University Press
New to this edition
- Many chapters have been revised and updated with new data
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 direct responsibility 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 organize societal 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 seven general 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 early intervention 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.
Readership: Health policy specialists and researchers, service planners and
providers, epidemiologists, social workers and clinicians with an interest in
addiction and other alcohol-related problems (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists).
Thomas F. Babor, Professor, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Connecticut, USA, Raul Caetano, Professor of Epidemiology and Regional Dean, Dallas Regional Campus, University of Texas School of Public Health, Texas, USA; Professor and Dean, School of Health Professions, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Texas, USA, Sally Casswell, Director, Centre for Social Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Massey University, New Zealand, Griffith Edwards, Emeritus Professor of Addiction Behaviour, King's College London, London, UK, Norman Giesbrecht, Senior Scientist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Canada[.rt error 1]
Review(s) from previous edition
"This book is a joy to read. Throughout the text is clear and jargon-lite ... Overall, an essential addition to the library of any public health department or addiction service. Clinicians wanting a starting point for examining the evidence for various interventions will find it very useful, and we can but hope that policy maker take note. - Health Matters
"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
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1: Setting the policy agenda
2: Alcohol: no ordinary commodity
3: Alcohol consumption trends and patterns of drinking
4: The global burden of alcohol consumption
5: The alcohol beverage industry: global structure and strategies
6: International context of alcohol policy
7: Strategies and interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm
8: Controlling affordability: pricing and taxation
9: Regulating the physical availability of alcohol
10: Modifying the drinking context: reducing harm in the licensed drinking environment and other contexts
11: Drinking and driving prevention and countermeasures
12: Restrictions on marketing
13: Education and persuasion strategies
14: Treatment and early intervention services
15: The policymaking arena: Putting alcohol policies into effect
16: Alcohol policies: a consumer's guide