1st Edition

Psychological Theories of Drinking and Alcoholism

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ISBN 9781572304109
Published July 22, 1999 by Guilford Press
467 Pages

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Book Description

Updating and expanding the classic Psychological Theories of Drinking and Alcoholism, this fully revised second edition incorporates state-of-the-art presentations from leaders in the alcoholism field. Contributors review established and emerging approaches that guide research into the psychological processes influencing drinking and alcoholism. The volume's multidisciplinary approach also takes into account biological, pharmacological, and social factors, offering important insights into the development and escalation of drinking problems and the various approaches to treatment. Including significantly expanded coverage of developmental, social learning, and cognitive theories, the book features new chapters on genetics, neurobiology, and emotions.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Leonard and Blane
2. Alcohol and Tension Reduction, Greeley and Oei
3. Personality and Alcoholism: Issues, Methods, and Etiological Processes, Sher, Trull, Bartholow, and Vieth
4. Social Learning Theory, Maisto, Carey, and Bradizza
5. Developmental Theory and Research, Windle and Davies
6. Alcohol Expectancy Theory: The Application of Cognitive Neuroscience, Goldman, Del Boca, and Darkes
7. Cognitive Theory and Research, Sayette
8. Learning Theory and Research, Vogel-Sprott and Fillmore
9. Alcohol and Emotional Response: A Multidimensional-Multilevel Analysis, Lang, Patrick, and Stritzke
10. Behavioral Genetic Models of Alcoholism and Drinking, McGue
11. Neurobiological Bases of Alcohol's Psychological Effects, Fromme and D'Amico
12. Conclusion, Leonard and Blane

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Kenneth E. Leonard, PhD, is a Senior Research Scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions and the Director of the Division of Psychology in Psychiatry, School of Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo.

Howard Thomas Blane, PhD, until his death in 2019, was Director Emeritus of the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions and Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Preventive Medicine at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Dr. Blane was renowned for his research on the prevention and treatment of alcohol use disorders and on alcohol use among young adults.


This new edition provides a welcome update of a text that has become a standard reference for researchers and teachers alike. Like the previous edition, this fine overview will stand as an important resource for a wide range of readers interested in theories of causation of drinking-related behaviors and problems and alcohol dependence. --Marc A. Schuckit, MD, Editor, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Professor of Psychiatry, UCSD School of Medicine, Director, Alcohol Research Center, San Diego VA Medical Center

In recent decades, psychology has made extraordinary advances in the understanding of alcohol misuse and how it can be rationally treated. This brilliantly produced text critically distills that knowledge base and makes it available to a wide audience of students, scholars, and practitioners. The volume is comprehensive and immensely authoritative. --Griffith Edwards, CBE, DSc, DM, FRCP, FRCPsych, Editor-in-Chief, Addiction, National Addiction Centre, London