"The encyclopedia is a technical work that is accessible to lay readers. It provides a wealth of information about the diverse area of drug use and addiction. Libraries that own the earlier edition will want to update because a great deal of new material has been added. An excellent resource for public, academic, and health sciences libraries."
-- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin (May 15, 2001)
"Highly recommended. All community college, undergraduate, and public libraries; lower- and upper-level undergraduates, and general readers."
--CHOICE, June 2009
"This multidisciplinary encyclopedia first appeared as the Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol (Macmillan Reference, 1995). The goal was to provide non-specialists with summaries of latest medical research on the effects of drugs and alcohol, the nature of addiction and approaches to treatment. The scientific studies were placed in a socio-political context with articles on the history of drug use, trafficking, law enforcement and social policy. Thus the range of topics included groups of drugs, physiological interactions, risk factors, and biological complications as well as types of abuse, legal issues and government policies. Although chemical dependency remained the primary focus, the second edition expanded the scope to include selected addictive behaviors such as eating disorders and gambling. Taking advantage of advances in genetics, brain imaging and epidemiology, this latest edition explores research on the underlying causes of addiction. Greater emphasis also is placed on support groups and behavioral approaches to treatment. While many entries still present social policies and drug enforcement in the United States, cross-cultural comparisons are possible with the addition of entries on drug abuse in numerous countries around the world. Other new entries examine the influence of the internet on drug use and the portrayal of drugs in the media. All told, 545 entries, alphabetically arranged from 'abstinence violation effect' to zero tolerance, explore the use of drugs and alcohol in historic and contemporary contexts. more than two thirds cover new topics or have been substantially revised. Almost every bibliography has also been updated. The result is a substantial revision of a useful tool providing undergraduates and general readers with a wealth of information on a key issue in our society."
--Lawrence Looks at Books, April 2009
"this update is recommended for public and academic library collections so that changes in law, policy, and treatment can be reflected in the collection."
--Booklist, April 1, 2009
"Designed as a resource for the general public, the Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol & Addictive Behavior provides accurate, research-supported information on a variety of complex and controversial issues pertaining to substance use/abuse and addiction. The thoroughness and jargon-free style of its entries makes this encyclopedia a valuable guide for novice researchers and seasoned scholars alike. It is warmly recommended for anyone wishing to learn more about the very important issues of substance use/abuse and addiction."
"The versatility of this resource for use in both science and social studies classes makes this four volume set, also available as an eBook, highly recommended for high school and public libraries."
--Doug's Student Reference Room, February 2009
"This new edition retains the same organizational format as the 1995 Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol. The first three volumes are arranged alphabetically by subject, ranging from "Abstinence" to "Zero Tolerance." Although the number of topics is approximately the same as in the 1st edition, there are substantial changes. Several topics, such as the "Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic," the "Phoenix House," and "recidivism," have been dropped. New topics, such as "racial profiling," "gambling," and the "genome project," have been added. Other topics have been expanded and revised. As in the 1st edition, the articles are written by experts at a level understandable to high school students and the general public. ... This reference book is comprehensive and current. It is recommended for public and academic libraries."
-- ARBA (2002)
"..this encyclopedia is an outstanding reference. As the addition of 'Addictive Behavior' in the title indicates, the editors have broadened the scope (1st ed., Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol, ed. by Jerome H. Jaffe, CH, Dec '95) to include addictions (e.g., pathological gambling) that are not substance based. The authors have updated and added articles that report expanding research in areas such as brain imaging, human genome research, and epidemiology. Social, legal, and historical aspects of substance abuse are well covered...A recent, less expensive alternative, The Encyclopedia of Understanding Alcohol and Other Drugs,..is broader in scope but less scholarly. General and undergraduate readers."
-- CHOICE (September 2001)
"Here is a comprehensive information source for librarians and other nonspecialists needing information on the broad spectrum of topics included under the heading substance use and abuse. . . . For academic and large public libraries."
-- Library Journal (April 15, 1996)
"This one-stop, easy to use source contains a wealth of information. Highly recommended for undergraduates, graduate students, faculty."
-- CHOICE (December 1995)
"This encyclopedia contains material on the topics students are interested in researching and covers many aspects of those subjects. . . . High school, public, and academic libraries will find [it] heavily used by their patrons for both research and personal information."
-- Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin
October 1, 1995 (Review of 1st Edition)
"For many years there has been a need for a comprehensive reference source on substance abuse written by experts at a level understandable to high school students and the general reader. This source succeeds at this seemingly impossible task. . . . This is currently the most comprehensive and authoritative work written for the general public on substance abuse. . . . It should stand the test of time and prove to be the standard work for this important topic in our world today. Highly recommended for all public, high school, and academic libraries."
-- RQ (Spring 1996)
"The depth and breadth of information in this encyclopedia make it an excellent starting point for research of drug-related topics. This source is easy to use and accessible to secondary school students and adults...an outstanding addition to academic, public and health sciences collections."
-- ARBA 1997
". . . recommended for libraries that need an extensive up-to-date overview of the important, cross-disciplinary field of substance abuse. Physicians, pharmacists, nurses, social workers, those involved in drug abuse treatment, as well as general readers would all find the work helpful. Those libraries with adequate budgets should invest in the Jaffe set."
-- Medical Reference Services Quarterly
"It is obvious that Macmillan has gone the extra mile to make this an in-depth reference source for the layperson. . . . For a comprehensive, very readable resource on the latest information on drugs and alcohol, this is highly recommended."
-- Reference Book Review (Summer 1996)