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Public Health Mini-Guides: Alcohol Misuse

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Author/Editor(s): Ken Barrie, Angela Scriven
Publication Date: August 15, 2014
ISBN-10: 0702046388
ISBN-13: 978-0702046384
Language: English
Edition: 1
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Size: 1.05 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

Alcohol is the UK’s favourite psychoactive substance, and the production, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is a major element of the UK economy. Alcohol use is central to most ethnic, social, and cultural groups in the UK. The impact of alcohol on health, morbidity and mortality and the social fabric (family, crime and employment) is significant both at an individual and a population level. As alcohol has become cheaper and more available, associated problems have increased. Globally, a large proportion of disease is attributed to alcohol consumption, and alcohol places a burden not only on the individual but also on society as a whole. It is a major public health challenge on a global scale.

This mini guide presents key themes relating to this challenge, including the means of measuring alcohol use and related problems, the most recent prevalence and trends, the health and social consequences, and causes of alcohol misuse, along with approaches to reduce alcohol problems at an individual and a population level.

About the Author

Ken Barrie is a senior lecturer in Alcohol and Drug Studies in the School of Social Sciences at the University of the West of Scotland, where he has worked for 30 years. He is the programme leader for the MSc/Postgraduate Programme in Alcohol and Drug Studies. His main interests are treatment interventions and services for problem drinkers and drug users as well as public policy interventions as means of reducing harm. He has conducted commissioned research on substance use issues and service design for public bodies. He is currently investigating the links between poverty and problem substance use. His most recent book is Alcohol (2012). He is a member of the Society for the Study of Addiction.

Angela Scriven is Reader in Health Promotion at Brunel University in London, UK. She has been teaching and researching in the field of health promotion for more than 30 years and has published widely, including authoring, editing or co-editing the following books: Health Promotion Alliances: Theory and Practice (1998), Health Promotion: Professional Perspectives (1996, 2001), Promoting Health: Global Perspectives (2005), Health Promoting Practice: The Contribution of Nurses and Allied Health Professionals (2005), Public Health: Social Context and Action (2007), Promoting Health: A Practical Guide (2010), Health Promotion for Health Practitioners (2010), and Health Promotion Settings: Principles and Practice. Her research centres on the relationship between health promotion policy and practice within specific contexts. She is a member of the International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), is President Elect of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education (IHPE), and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
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