This 3-volume set is written for readers at grade 7 and higher and covers addictions, causes, and treatments of particular importance to adolescents. Articles on the nature of addiction and its roots include advertising, genetics, families, and personal problems. Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco also addresses the prevention and nature of destructive substances and behaviors, such as cutting, binge drinking, Internet addiction, tobacco, ecstasy, eating disorders, and marijuana. The set uses the authoritative information from the 2nd edition of the Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior, but completely updates the information, thoroughly revises the language, and commissions original articles on topics such as media representations, drug use in schools, herbal supplements, and more. Drugs, Alcohol & Tobacco includes more than 200 articles on everything from binge drinking to the role of genetics in addictive behaviors, more than 50 graphs and charts and 275 full-color illustrations. Also included are four appendices:
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"The latest in research, statistics, biochemistry, treatment programs and much more are all found within this amazingly comprehensive reference. Technical and non-technical topics range from Alcoholics Anonymous and Toughlove to benzodiazepines and ketamine. Broader topics include sections titles Law and Policy, as well as Ethnic, Cultural, and Religious Issues in Drug Use and Treatment. ... One of the strongest features is the presentation of statistical data with superb charts and graphs, invaluable for debates, reports, or lesson plans. Differing points of view, including the supporting evidence, as well as the limitations of medical knowledge are the standard for all topics. Students will understand why they encounter conflicting information on controversies .... Adult or student researchers, as well as students who need unbiased and up-to-date professional insight for their own personal well-being, will be pleased with the quantity and quality of information that they get from this one resource."
VOYA (June 2003)
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