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Dealing with Alcohol

Dealing with Alcohol
Indigenous Usage in Australia, New Zealand and Canada


  • Date Published: January 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521629775

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  • The devastating impact of alcohol on indigenous populations is well known, but debate often overlooks the broad context of the problem and the priorities of indigenous people themselves. This book was written with the desire to improve the level of informed debate, and lead to constructive action. It aims to provide readers with a coherent explanation of alcohol misuse among indigenous peoples in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. The extensive health, economic, social and cultural consequences of misuse are described in the words of the indigenous people themselves. The book found that patterns of indigenous alcohol consumption could not be understood in isolation from the impact of European colonialism and its continuing consequences. Its authors argue that our understanding of alcohol misuse needs to be reconceptualised and structural inequalities addressed.

    • Comparative study of indigenous alcohol use
    • Examines alcohol consumption in its broader political and economic context
    • Survey material, accessible language and clear presentation make this useful textbook
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521629775
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. What's the harm?
    3. The broader context of alcohol use
    4. Patterns of indigenous alcohol use
    5. Explanations of indigenous alcohol use
    6. The supply and promotion of alcohol to indigenous Australian communities
    7. The consequences of misuse
    8. What's being done?
    9. Determining what works: program evaluation
    10. Where to from here?

  • Authors

    Sherry Saggers, Edith Cowan University, Western Australia

    Dennis Gray, Curtin University of Technology, Perth

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