Contemporary Drug Problems

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring

Adolescent Drinking and Alcohol Policy
Policy approaches to prevention have considerable promise for addressing underage drinking and its associated problems. Based on the available evidence, the most effective policies appear to be (a) taxation or price increases, (b) increases in the minimum...
Illegal Leisure: The Normalization of Adolescent Recreational Drug Use / Understanding and Responding to Drug Use: The Role of Qualitative Research
Books: review/commentary Illegal Leisure: The Normalization of Adolescent Recreational Drug Use, by Howard Parker, Judith Aldridge, and Fiona Measham (London and New York: Routledge, Adolescence and Society Series, 1998), 177 pp., $25 (paper). Understanding...
Pouring Beer on Troubled Waters: Alcohol and Violence in the Papua New Guinea Highlands during the 1980s
Cultural constructions of the meanings of violence and control among Papua New Guinea (PNG) Highlanders provide a lens through which to view the resurgence of tribal fighting that occurred there during the decade of the 1980s. Frequent government liquor...
Socially Obligatory Drinking: A Sociological Analysis of Norms Governing Minimum Drinking Levels
In many social situations, the consumption of at least some alcohol is socially obligatory-at least for some participants. This paper focuses on the norms that govern minimum levels of consumption in such settings. Evidence for the existence of such...
The Inflammable Alcohol Issue: Alcohol Policy Argumentation in the Programs of Political Parties in Finland, Norway and Sweden from the 1960s to the 1990s
In Finland, Norway and Sweden the alcohol policy positions of political parties have been related to party ideologies in complex ways. Until the 1950s, Nordic parties had brought up temperance argumentation. The consensus was enhanced by the radicalism...