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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
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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.
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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

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
June 20, 2018

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

This is a great book for undergraduate students. It gives an insight into the major issues,concepts, theories and treatments of drug use.

Dr Florentia Hadjiefthyvoulou
Psychology, Nottingham Trent University
July 23, 2012

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