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An environmental approach to the prevention of alcohol-related problems
James F. Mosher and David H. Jernigan

The authors give an historical and political overview of American alcohol consumption. They analyze past prevention efforts, especially prohibition, and the current public health model. The volume reviews the role of alcohol in American culture and in its racial and social groups, including Native Americans, African- Americans, and European Americans. The authors believe that alcohol consumption is related to larger political and economic issues and cultural traditions. They describe the physical and social consequences of alcohol use. For example, in addition to the millions spent on substance abuse treatment in the United States, each year businesses and the medical and legal systems lose millions of dollars as a result of alcohol-related illnesses and accidents.

The Marin Institute for the Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
Attn: Jackie Schafer
24 Belvedere Street
San Rafael, CA 94901
(415) 456-5692
Fax: (415) 456-0491
(1988, 82 pp.; free)


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