Drinking in Context (2007)
The impetus to write this book came from a shared conviction that the time had come to air some fresh approaches to alcohol policy. The three underlying themes of this book are that patterns of drinking are the best way to understand alcohol’s place in society, that targeted interventions are the most sensitive to cultural differences, and that partnerships offer the best opportunity to develop policies that reflect the values of society as a whole. Hence the main title of the volume: Drinking, because it is the way people behave that matters most in determining outcomes, and in Context, because drinking is best viewed in relation to culture. In selecting alcohol policies, societies are faced with choices about how to encourage some behaviors and discourage others. In many countries, alcohol is here to stay. Putting drinking into context is how we learn to live with it best.