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Drunken Comportment: A Social Explanation

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When Aldine originally published this book in 1969, the emerging multidisciplinary field of alcohol studies was dominated by biology, chemistry, physiology, and other "hard sciences." As such, writes Dwight Heath in his new foreword, the work challenged the prevailing wisdom in the authors' use of historical, ethnographic, and cross-cultural data and their analysis of drin ...more
Paperback, 197 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by Eliot Werner Publications/Percheron Press (first published March 16th 1970)
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Mason
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting for a thousand reasons. Having been written in 1969 it has a flavor that can only be savored in older books. The author draws on hundreds of studies, many of which are funny because they involve drunken belligerence and nonsense. But the book has a serious side as well. We're all pretty quick to blame alcohol for just about everything. This book turns that upside down. You can blame your cultural-alcohol complex, but you cannot blame alcohol independent of the cultural ...more
Sharon Hanlon
Dec 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This was one of those books I read in college that blew my mind and opened up new worlds of thinking to me.
Ally
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Took his class and read this book in college. It also "blew my mind" as someone else commented. I've been doing research in the substance abuse field for 25 years as result! The thought that people don't *have* to behave the way they do when they are drunk and that drinking doesn't have to be "uncontrollable" caught my attention and stuck with me all these years. It's a real challenge to our culture's addiction mentality!

P. S. He says "booze" alot in addition to "sundry" as another reviewer poin
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Steven Slate
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book will overturn all you think you know about alcohol; most importantly, the idea that it “lowers inhibitions” by its pharmacological action on the brain. This is one of those books that changes the way you see the world. If alcohol’s most enchanting effects are socially constructed and learned, what else isn’t what it appears?
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