Alcohol and its consumption is a major topic for public policy-making. Growing awareness of alcohol-related health problems among the general public has led to high levels of interest in alcohol consumption and its impact on society. This innovative collection of new perspectives on this critically important issue is informed by a leading group of international social scientists. Topics covered include alcoholism, the family, minimum pricing, paternalistic controls, and Socially Responsible Investment programs. Together, these essays reveal illuminating new insights into how public policy might be improved.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Contemporary Social Science.
Foreword David Canter 1. Introduction Thom Brooks 2. Combatting alcohol addiction: findings from the United States Daniel Yalisove 3. Alcohol, risks and public policy Thom Brooks 4. Socially Responsible Investment in the alcohol industry: an assessment of investor attitudes and ethical arguments Boudewijn de Bruin 5. Two decades and a Category 5 hurricane later…tracking homeless substance abusers in New Orleans Rachel L. Rayburn 6. Alcohol and the family Woody Caan 7. The borders of booze Britain: alcohol controls and nationality Tom Henri 8. Minimum pricing for alcohol: a Millian perspective Ben Saunders 9. Respectable drinkers, sensible drinking, serious leisure: single-malt whisky enthusiasts and the moral panic of irresponsible Others Karl Spracklen 10. Storytelling: Walter Benjamin and recovery from alcoholism Joel C. Beaupre
Contemporary Issues in Social Science is an interdisciplinary, international series, which provides a forum for disseminating and enhancing theoretical, empirical and/or pragmatic research across the social sciences and related disciplines. Reflecting the objectives of the Academy of Social Sciences, it emphasises the publication of work that engages with issues of major public interest and concern across the world, and highlights the implications of that work for policy and professional practice.