Expressions of Drunkenness (Four Hundred Rabbits) (2010)
Edited by Anne Fox and Mike MacAvoy and prepared by the International Center for Alcohol Policies and DrinkWise Australia, this book seeks to advance current understanding of the individual and collective meanings, purposes, and functions of drunkenness. As the authors explain, interpretations by different disciplines of the terms “intoxication” and “drunkenness” are often inconsistent. The chapters of this book address intoxication and drunkenness from three perspectives: biological, cultural, and social. By placing intoxication and drunkenness into these contexts, the book is able to offer language and conceptual tools to help further the ongoing discussion on how best to reduce alcohol-related harm and encourage responsible enjoyment of beverage alcohol.
Working Together (2009)
Working Together to Reduce Harmful Drinking is intended to contribute to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. It explores areas where alcohol producers’ technical competence can and does make a positive contribution to reducing harmful drinking and where industry input has been welcomed by WHO. The book describes each of these areas: producing beer, wine, and spirits; addressing availability of noncommercial beverages; pricing, marketing, and selling beverage alcohol; encouraging responsible choices; and working with others. The final chapter sets out views of how alcohol producers can contribute to reducing harmful drinking in countries where they are present.
Swimming with Crocodiles: The Culture of Extreme Drinking (2008)
Edited by Marjana Martinic and Fiona Measham, this volume examines the apparent increase in heavy drinking behavior by some young people, described in a number of countries, positioning it within its appropriate social, historical, and cultural contexts. The book argues in favor of a new term—“extreme drinking”—to fully encapsulate the many facets of this behavior, taking into account the underlying motivations for the heavy, excessive, and unrestrained drinking patterns among young people. The centerpiece of the book is a series of focus groups conducted with young people of legal drinking age in Brazil, China, Italy, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, which examine their views on extreme drinking, motivations behind it, and the cultural similarities and differences that exist, conferring at once risk and protective factors. The authors explore the developmental, cultural and historical contexts that have surrounded this behavior, and offer a new approach to addressing it through prevention and policy.
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.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Alcohol: The Need and Potential for Partnership (2005)
Edited by Marcus Grant and Joyce O’Connor, this volume explores the potential impact of beverage alcohol industry partnerships and how they could contribute to a reduction in the negative health impacts of harmful drinking patterns. The book addresses the following themes: corporate values and collaboration; definition of corporate social responsibility (CSR); CSR in the context of product safety and risk; perspectives on CSR and partnership in the beverage alcohol industry; and CSR and partnership in practice. This book draws on presentations made during an international conference on Alcohol, Ethics, and Society, held at the national College of Ireland in Dublin, and incorporates additional contributions form legal experts, health officials, and representatives of the beverage alcohol industry.
Reasonable Risk: Alcohol in Perspective (2004)
Written by Marjana Martinic and Barbara Leigh, this book examines the aura of risk surrounding alcohol consumption. In many ways, the risks inherent in drinking are no different from those we willingly encounter as part of many other activities. The authors explore what shapes our perceptions of risk, including the influence of culture, and how we assess and manage the risks around us, especially those relating to alcohol. The book discusses how these risks are communicated to the public and addressed through policy.
Moonshine Markets: Issues in Unrecorded Alcohol Beverage Production and Consumption (2004)
It is estimated that “local alcohol”—sometimes called moonshine, noncommercial, illicit, illegal or unrecorded alcohol—may account for as much as 50% of total alcohol consumption worldwide. Yet this area of alcohol studies has been neglected in the research community, due, in part, to the difficulty in collecting data for a product that is largely illegal. Edited by Alan Haworth and Ronald Simpson, this book presents data from six countries in which local alcohol is widely produced and consumed: Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania and Zambia. Each country study provides a rich review of the varied customs and rituals surrounding noncommercial alcohol, its history, cultural significance, legal and socioeconomic framework of its production and consumption and implications for public health, policy and the beverage alcohol industry. The book also examines the common themes emerging from the collected data, including commentary from experts in the fields of toxicology, economics, and anthropology.
Learning about Drinking (2001)
Eleni Houghton and Anne Roche edited this study of the many societal influences on today’s youth and the varied ways in which they experience and are introduced into the drinking culture worldwide. Religious, educational, social, and parental roles are discussed among others, along with suggestions for more effective guidance. Learning about Drinking is the fifth volume in the ICAP Book Series on Alcohol in Society.
Drinking Occasions (2000)
Written by Dwight Heath, this book is the outgrowth of nearly 40 years of the author’s research on drinking practices and years of concern about national and international policies as they relate to this part of human culture. Drinking Occasions observes the diversity of normal drinking behavior and the largely beneficial drinking patterns, demonstrating how drinking behavior is not an isolated phenomenon, but integrated with a wide range of other human activities. This book is the fourth volume in the ICAP Book Series on Alcohol in Society. The executive summary of Drinking Occasions is also available in French, Japanese, and Spanish. A Japanese-language edition of this book was published in 2001.
Alcohol and Pleasure: A Health Perspective (1999)
Edited by Stanton Peele and Marcus Grant, this book explores the role of pleasure in alcohol consumption and its consequences for the health of individuals and for society as a whole. The book is based on discussion generated at an international conference, Permission for Pleasure, held in New York City in June 1998. The executive summary of Alcohol and Pleasure is also available in French and Spanish.