Biomedical Aspects of Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 49–50. Reviews the book, A Handbook on Drug and Alcohol Abuse: The Biomedical Aspects (3rd ed.) by Gail Winger, Frederick G. Hofmann, and James H. Woods (1992). The authors' authoritative and pragmatic clarification of issues such as the distinction between psychological and pharmacological factors in substance dependence and their laying to rest the notion that legalization of additional addictive drugs would be a positive move is a substantial contribution to the field. As befitting a volume focusing on biomedical aspects of substance abuse, the authors highlight the dopamine theory of reward and factors that influence the rewarding properties of drugs. Inclusion of a section in the introductory chapter placing terms such as drug dependence and addiction in historical context, and defining the terms to be used throughout the volume, is a thoughtful inclusion as the readers of this book will come from a diversity of disciplines. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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