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Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Behavior

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Behavior
Psychological Research Perspectives

Second Edition
  • John Jung - California State University, Long Beach, USA

September 2009 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing a psychological perspective on the use and abuse of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs, the Second Edition includes more coverage on the theories of why alcohol and other drugs are used, as well as broad conceptual issues related to the nature of addiction. Research on smoking, caffeine, and simultaneous multiple drug use, including combinations with antidepressant drugs and nonmedical use of prescription drugs is also covered.

1. Psychology of Alcohol and Other Drugs
Focus and Goals of This Book

History of Drugs in America

Origins of Licit Drugs

Origins of Illicit Drugs

Some Central Questions



2. Theories of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
A "Layperson" Theory

Psychological Theories

Mediators, Moderators, and Direct Causes

Theories of Smoking

Theory of Caffeine Use

Illicit Drug Theory



3. Alcohol and Other Drugs: Use, Abuse, and Dependence
Defining Use

Methods Of Measuring Use

Use, Abuse, and Dependence

Major Conceptions of Alcohol Use Disorders

Criteria of Abuse and Dependence

Assessment of DSM-IV Disorders



4. The Extent of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
The Epidemiological Approach

National Surveys of Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Stability of Alcohol Use Patterns

Abuse and Dependency Rates

Comorbidity of Alcohol and Illicit Drugs

Other Sources of Data

The Ethnographic Approach



5. Neurobiology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
What Happens After Drugs Are Taken?

How Drugs Affect the Nervous System

How Neurons Communicate

How Alcohol and Other Drugs Affect Neurotransmission

Changes in Neurophysiology With Prolonged Drug Use

Neuroadaptational Models

Physical Effects of Drugs

A Safe Level of Alcohol Use?



6. Heredity and Environment: Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Molecular Genetics

Indirect Evidence of Hereditary Influences on Alcoholism

Direct Evidence of Hereditary Influences on Alcoholism

Family Environment Influences

Integrative Models of Heredity and Environment



7. Basic Psychological Processes
Methodological Issues

Mood and Emotion

Emotional Regulation and Drinking

Sensory Motor Activity


Structural Neuropsychological Explanations

Process Neuropsychological Explanations



8. Interpersonal Processes

Moderators of the Alcohol-Aggression Relationship

A Moderator Variable Model

Sexual Activity



9. Family Processes
Alcohol and Marital Status

Effects of Parental Alcohol Use Disorders on Children

Alcoholic Family Interactions

Adult Children of Alcoholics




10. Age and Alcohol and Other Drugs

College Students

Young Adults

Older Populations

Age, Cohort, and Period Effects



11. Gender Differences In Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Methodological and Conceptual Issues

Gender and Prevalence of Alcohol Use

Gender Correlates of Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Gender and Alcoholism Treatment

Theories of Gender Differences in Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Smoking and Gender

Gender and Other Drug Use



12. Minority Groups: Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups and Alcohol

Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups and Smoking

Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups and Illicit Drugs

Influence of Acculturation on Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Sexual Minority Groups and Alcohol



13. Recovering From Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies
Motivating Change

Methods of Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous and Related Mutual Help Groups

Behavioral Model

Self-Help Treatment for the Family of Alcoholics

Natural Recovery


14. Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies
Typical 28-Day Inpatient Treatment

Size of the Treatment Population

Reasons for Not Seeking Treatment


Behavioral Approaches

Family Therapy

Brief Intervention Therapy

Early Detection and Screening

Pharmacological Approaches

Combining Behavioral and Pharmacological Treatment

Evaluation of Treatment Programs

Determining How Effective Therapies Work

Matching Patients and Treatments

Alcoholics With Dual Diagnoses

Other Drugs: Treatment of Abuse and Dependency

Smoking Treatments



15. Relapse After Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Disorders
Defining Relapse

Craving and Relapse

A Dynamic Model of Relapse

Successful Lapse Resistance



16. Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
Social Policy and Drugs

The Public Health Model

Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention

Harm Reduction Approach

Promoting Social Change

A Tale of Two Drugs

The Future of Prevention



About the Author


Student Study Site
The student study site includes chapter summaries, quizzes, journal articles, web resources, chapter videos, and e-flashcards.
Instructor Resource Site
The instructor's resource site includes a PowerPoint slide and test questions.

"Excellent text for covering alcohol and other drugs of abuse."

Josie McDonald
Chicago State University

It remains the best I have run across for teaching an undergrad class about alcohol from a psychology perspective.

William H. George
University of Washington

A helpful text that gives a good introduction to alcohol and other substances, providing an explanation of both physiological and psychological effects on the person. A strength of the book is the ability to bring together the different disciplines to focus on substance use. As an introductory text, a helpful component is the critical lens the author takes on research conducted into substance use, which aids students in developing this skill in an applied way. A new edition may be helpful to update current knowledge and trends in substance use.

Miss Rachael Anne Mason
School of Health & Social Care, Lincoln University
May 30, 2020

An informative book which examines key issues associated with alcohol and drug dependency and the impact on society. Well worth including in any educational learning.

Mr Stuart Woodcock
Department of Law, Chester University
March 1, 2019

Changed instructors....another text adopted by that instructor.

Dr Robert Baker
Psychology Dept, St Andrews University
November 7, 2014

Very comprehensive book which is a "must have" book for any school , college and health and social care environment

Mr Vernon Ambris
care , paragon skills for industry
April 25, 2013

The problem of alcohol misuse is slowly being realised and is beginning to be of interest to students as well as academics. This book makes a number of useful points and will be a useful addition to the reading lists

Professor Anthony Goodman
School of Social Science - Criminology, Middlesex University
March 12, 2013

The instructor decided to use another text book, and use this book as a resourse text.

Professor Russel Arnett
Nursing and Allied Health, Mount San Jacinto College - Menifee Valley
October 16, 2012

This books is one of the most comprehensive books on drugs and alcohol use, affect on behaviour and socio-economic influences. In addition to the above , the book covers the theories and available interventions. Excellent glossary of terms

Mr Vernon Ambris
care , paragon skills for industry
September 26, 2012

This is an excellent source which puts students in the heart of the contemporary discussion and encourages them to form opinions. It is a great resource for seminars as well as gateways to research.

Mr Paul Matthews
Business Administration , University College Birmingham
August 17, 2012

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