Alcohol policies in many countries have long been based on the assumption that a wide range of health and social problems associated with the abuse of alcohol can be directly correlated with average daily per capita alcohol consumption. Edited by Marcus Grant and Jorge Litvak, the first volume in the ICAP Book Series on Alcohol in Society proposes a new comprehensive theoretical framework that focuses instead on drinking patterns and their role as predictors of risks or benefits associated with drinking. The authors explore the implications of such a paradigm shift for the shaping of research, prevention, and more sensitive national alcohol policies.
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