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The Handbook of Alcohol Use - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128167205, 9780128168868

The Handbook of Alcohol Use

1st Edition

Understandings from Synapse to Society

Authors: Daniel Frings Ian Albery
eBook ISBN: 9780128168868
Paperback ISBN: 9780128167205
eBook ISBN: 9780128168868
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th January 2021
Page Count: 678
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Alcohol use is complex and multifaceted. Our understanding must be also.

Alcohol use, both problematic and not, can be understood at many levels – from basic biological systems through to global public health interventions. To provide the multi-level perspective needed to address this complexity, the Handbook of Alcohol Use draws together an eclectic set of authors, including both researchers and practitioners, to examine the causes, processes and effects of alcohol consumption. Specifically, this book approaches the topic from biological, individual cognition, small group/systems, and domestic/global population perspectives. Each examines alcohol use differently and each offers its own ways to combat problematic behavior. While these alternative viewpoints are sometimes construed as incompatible or antagonistic, the current volume also explores how they can be complimentary.

In summary, the Handbook of Alcohol Use brings together an international group of experts to explore how alcohol use can be understood from various perspectives and how these conceptualizations relate. In doing so, it allows us to understand alcohol consumption, and our responses to it, more from an account which spans ‘from synapse to society’.

Key Features

    • Explores alcohol use from individual through to societal levels
    • Synthesizes these varied levels of analysis on alcohol use
    • Draws on an international team of experts including researchers and alcohol treatment practitioners
    • Makes clear the implications of research for practice (and vice versa).


    Researchers, professors, and students in the field of psychology and addiction, health psychology, and the biology of addiction. Secondary markets include those in public health and policy change

    Table of Contents

    Section 1 Positioning alcohol use and misuse

    1. Contemplating the micro and macro of alcohol use
    and misuse to enable meta-understandings 3
    Ian P. Albery and Daniel Frings

    2. The world’s favorite drug: What we have learned
    about alcohol from over 500,000 respondents to the
    Global Drug Survey 17
    Emma L. Davies, Cheneal Puljevic, Dean Connolly,
    Ahnjili Zhuparris, Jason A. Ferris and Adam R. Winstock

    3. Transparency and replication in alcohol research 49
    Katie Drax and Marcus R. Munafo

    Section 2 Within the body and mind

    4. Alcohol and mental health: Co-occurring
    alcohol use and mental health disorders 79
    Raffaella Margherita Milani and Luisa Perrino

    5. The pharmacological understandings of
    alcohol use and misuse 107
    Abigail Rose and Andrew Jones

    6. Learning from the dead: How death provides
    insights into alcohol-related harm 141
    Shane Darke

    Section 3 The individual

    7. Levels of cognitive understanding: Reflective
    and impulsive cognition in alcohol use and misuse 157
    Dinkar Sharma and James Cane

    8. Social cognition in severe alcohol use disorder 175
    Fabien D’Hondt, Benjamin Rolland and Pierre Maurage

    9. Metacognitive therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder:
    Theoretical foundations and treatment principles 201
    Giovanni Mansueto, Gabriele Caselli and Marcantonio M. Spada

    10. Promoting problem recognition amongst harmful
    drinkers: A conceptual model for problem
    framing factors 221
    James Morris, Ian P. Albery, Antony C. Moss and Nick Heather

    11. A psychological-systems goal-theory model of
    alcohol consumption and treatment 237
    W. Miles Cox and Eric Klinger

    12. Alcohol consumption in context: The effect of
    psych-socio-environmental drivers 261
    Rebecca Monk and Derek Heim

    Section 4 The group

    13. I can keep up with the best: The role of social
    norms in alcohol consumption and their use in
    interventions 285
    Sandra Kuntsche, Robin Room and Emmanuel Kuntsche

    14. Alcohol consumption and group decision making 303
    Hirotaka Imada, Tim Hopthrow and Dominic Abrams

    15. An identity-based explanatory framework for
    alcohol use and misuse 329
    Daniel Frings and Ian P. Albery

    Section 5 Cultural questions

    16. Alcohol consumption and cultural systems: Global
    similarities and differences 355
    Miyuki Fukushima Tedor

    17. Alcohol and the legal system: Effects of alcohol on
    eyewitness testimony 379
    Julie Gawrylowicz and Georgina Bartlett

    18. Spiritual and religious influences 399
    Paramabandhu Groves

    19. Alcohol use in adolescence across U.S. race/ethnicity:
    Considering cultural factors in prevention and
    interventions 419
    Leah M. Bouchard, Sunny H. Shin and Karen G. Chartier

    20. Alcohol use and misuse: Perspectives from
    seldom heard voices 453
    Tran H. Le, Anthony M. Foster, Phoenix R. Crane
    and Amelia E. Talley

    Section 6 Taking it into practice

    21. Theory-driven interventions: How social
    cognition can help 485
    Kristen P. Lindgren, Angelo M. DiBello, Kirsten P. Peterson
    and Clayton Neighbors

    22. Taking social identity into practice 511
    Genevieve A. Dingle, Isabella Ingram, Catherine Haslam
    and Peter J. Kelly

    23. Working together: Opportunities and barriers to
    evidence-based practice 531
    Jan Larkin and Daniel Donkor

    24. Transdermal alcohol monitors: Research,
    applications, and future directions 551
    Catharine E. Fairbairn and Dahyeon Kang

    25. Recovery from addiction: A synthesis of perspectives
    from behavioral economics, psychology,
    and decision modeling 563
    Amber Copeland, Tom Stafford and Matt Field

    Section 7 Future directions

    26. Alcohol addiction: A disorder of self-regulation
    but not a disease of the brain 583
    Nick Heather


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    About the Authors

    Daniel Frings

    Daniel Frings is Professor of Social Psychology at London South Bank University. He is a widely published and cited author, with work including academic journal articles, various book chapters, a popular press psychology book, and a concise overview of social psychology aimed at students. His research focuses primarily on social identity processes, with a special interest in addiction. He also has research interests in the fields of mental health and psychophysiology and consults on the design and evaluation of digital mental health products. He is currently Chair of London South Bank University Ethics Panel, directs an MSc in Addictive Psychology and Counselling and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Social Psychology (Wiley).

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Professor, London South Bank University, UK

    Ian Albery

    Ian P. Albery is Professor of Psychology and Founding Head of the Centre for Addictive Behaviours Research at London South Bank University. His research focuses on how people’s identity derived from their group membership affects their addictive behaviour, how the types of messages we use to try to get people to think about and change their behaviours operate, why it is that people are influenced by and have a preference for certain cues in their environments (and how this influences what they do), why some people recognize that they have a “problem” but others do not, and what effects alcohol has on witness memory. This work has been published widely as journal articles, books and chapters in books. He is on the Editor Board of Addictive Behaviors and Addictive Behaviors Reports.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Director of Research and Enterprise, School of Applied Sciences, London South Bank University, UK

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