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

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551149

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551149.001.0001

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Alcohol consumption trends and patterns of drinking

Alcohol consumption trends and patterns of drinking

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(p.23) Chapter 3 Alcohol consumption trends and patterns of drinking
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Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity
Author(s):

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

Linda Hill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199551149.003.003

This chapter describes alcohol consumption trends and patterns of drinking in a global perspective. The typical frequency of drinking and the amount of alcohol consumed per occasion vary enormously, not only among world regions and countries, but also over time and among different population groups. It is shown that variations in these ‘patterns’ of drinking affect rates of alcohol-related problems, and have implications for the choice of alcohol policy measures.

Keywords:   alcohol consumption, drinking patterns, alcohol abuse, alcohol policy

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