Alcohol: no ordinary commodity

Thomas Babor, Harold Holder, Raul Caetano, Ross Homel, Sally Casswell, Michael Livingston, Griffith Edwards, Esa Österberg, Norman Giesbrecht, Jürgen Rehm, Kathryn Graham, Robin Room, Joel Grube, Ingeborg Rossow and Linda Hill

in Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity

Second edition

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551149
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191720642 | DOI:
Alcohol: no ordinary commodity

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Beer, wine, and distilled spirits are alcohol-based commodities that are bought and sold in the marketplace. And alcohol is a drug with toxic effects and other intrinsic dangers such as intoxication and dependence. This chapter examines these different aspects of alcoholic beverages, paying special attention to the contrast between alcohol's dual role as a commodity and as a drug.

Keywords: alcoholic beverages; alcohol consumption; legal substances

Chapter.  5093 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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