Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and Drugs : Research and Policy

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Researchers from ten European countries come together in this book to examine the key practical aspects in the use and misuse of alcohol and illicit drugs. They discuss survey methods and current sources of data from different parts of Europe and analyse their limitations. Recommendations are made to improve research and policy related to alcohol and drug problems and the spread of HIV infection and AIDS amongst intravenous drug users.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 25.4mm | 463g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0748601139
  • 9780748601134

Table of contents

Part 1 Surveys and their limitations: methods of data collection from the general population which relate to alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug use - the Polish experience, Jerzy Jasinski; problems in data collection from the general population related to alcohol, tobacco and illegal drug use, Jussi Simpura; data collection - a methodological response, John Duffy; achieving comparability between surveys in different settings, Hildigunnur Olafsdottir; the problems and logistics of alcohol research in different settings - the example of the USSR, Irina Anokhina and Nikolai Ivanets; the USSR - relevance for research and policy, Martin Plant; the measurement of problems in community surveys, Henk Garretsen; how to measure alcohol-related problems amongst young people in community surveys, Salme Ahlstrom; the relationship between alcohol consumption patterns and the harmful consequences of drinking, Esa Osterberg. Part 2 Patterns of use and policy implications: the use of official data in measuring patterns of drug use in the community - merits and limitations, Marie Choquest and Silvie Ledoux; the relationship between consumption patterns of alcohol, tobacco, prescribed and illegal drugs and harmful consequences, Anna Kokkevi and Costas Stefanis; polydrug abuse - standards for comparative measures, Wolfram Keup; user careers - implications for preventing drug misuse, Walter Weiss; substance abuse careers - attempts to quantify the course of dependence, Wolfram Keup; constraints upon policy, Martin Plant; conclusion, Martin Plant.
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