Explaining alcoholism: an empirical test and reformation

Journal of Health and Social Behavior Vol/Iss. 15 Published In Pages: 57-65
By Whitehead, Paul C., Harvey, Cheryl


This article examines a hypothesis that associates alcoholism with the structure and quality of social norms related to drinking. Analysis yields little support for this hypothesis, but the amount of alcohol consumed by members of the society emerges as an important predictive variable. A new theory of alcoholism that takes this variable into account is discussed.

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