The Handbook of Alcohol Use

The Handbook of Alcohol Use

Understandings from Synapse to Society

1st Edition - January 17, 2021

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  • Authors: Daniel Frings, Ian Albery
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128167205
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128168868

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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
    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
    Emma L. Davies, Cheneal Puljevic, Dean Connolly, Ahnjili Zhuparris, Jason A. Ferris and Adam R. Winstock
    3. Transparency and replication in alcohol research
    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
    Raffaella Margherita Milani and Luisa Perrino
    5. The pharmacological understandings of alcohol use and misuse
    Abigail Rose and Andrew Jones
    6. Learning from the dead: How death provides insights into alcohol-related harm
    Shane Darke

    Section 3. The individual
    7. Levels of cognitive understanding: Reflective and impulsive cognition in alcohol use and misuse
    Dinkar Sharma and James Cane
    8. Social cognition in severe alcohol use disorder
    Fabien D’Hondt, Benjamin Rolland and Pierre Maurage
    9. Metacognitive therapy for Alcohol Use Disorder: Theoretical foundations and treatment principles
    Giovanni Mansueto, Gabriele Caselli and Marcantonio M. Spada
    10. Promoting problem recognition amongst harmful drinkers: A conceptual model for problem framing factors
    James Morris, Ian P. Albery, Antony C. Moss and Nick Heather
    11. A psychological-systems goal-theory model of alcohol consumption and treatment
    W. Miles Cox and Eric Klinger
    12. Alcohol consumption in context: The effect of psych-socio-environmental drivers
    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
    Sandra Kuntsche, Robin Room and Emmanuel Kuntsche
    14. Alcohol consumption and group decision making
    Hirotaka Imada, Tim Hopthrow and Dominic Abrams
    15. An identity-based explanatory framework for alcohol use and misuse
    Daniel Frings and Ian P. Albery

    Section 5. Cultural questions
    16. Alcohol consumption and cultural systems: Global similarities and differences
    Miyuki Fukushima Tedor
    17. Alcohol and the legal system: Effects of alcohol on eyewitness testimony
    Julie Gawrylowicz and Georgina Bartlett
    18. Spiritual and religious influences
    Paramabandhu Groves
    19. Alcohol use in adolescence across U.S. race/ethnicity: Considering cultural factors in prevention and interventions
    Leah M. Bouchard, Sunny H. Shin and Karen G. Chartier
    20. Alcohol use and misuse: Perspectives from seldom heard voices
    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
    Kristen P. Lindgren, Angelo M. DiBello, Kirsten P. Peterson and Clayton Neighbors
    22. Taking social identity into practice
    Genevieve A. Dingle, Isabella Ingram, Catherine Haslam and Peter J. Kelly
    23. Working together: Opportunities and barriers to evidence-based practice
    Jan Larkin and Daniel Donkor
    24. Transdermal alcohol monitors: Research, applications, and future directions
    Catharine E. Fairbairn and Dahyeon Kang
    25. Recovery from addiction: A synthesis of perspectives from behavioral economics, psychology, and decision modeling
    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
    Nick Heather

Product details

  • No. of pages: 678
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: January 17, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128167205
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128168868

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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