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Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, Harry Burns, Otis Brawley, Witold Zatonski, and Jürgen Rehm

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.001.0001

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Sociocultural aspects of alcohol consumption

Chapter:
(p.38) Chapter 6 Sociocultural aspects of alcohol consumption
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Alcohol
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Robin Room

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.003.0006

This chapter examines how alcohol consumption is influenced on multiple levels by the social context, culture, and society. It identifies various primary use-values for alcoholic drinks, based on their physical properties. It discusses the influence of cultural and economic factors on the relative dominance of different patterns of drinking in a society. It also considers drinking customs, which present an intermediate level of analysis between cultures and individual patterns of drinking.

Keywords:   alcohol use, alcohol intake, culture, alcoholic drinks, drinking customs

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