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.
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