Provides the reader with a an up-to-date view of alcohol abuse in America. Coverage includes a historical perspective, and the nature of alcohol use and abuse. Dependence, treatment, and alcohol use and health issues are covered.Alcohol's impact on different sectors in our society, as well as economic and social issues on the U.S. economy are discussed. Coverage of special populations, marketing and advertising issues, as well as primary and secondary methods of prevention and other solutions, help make this book well-rounded and the most current available on the market today. Issues of underage drinking, the stages of alcohol dependence, the relationship of the "family disease" are also discussed. Relevant internet sites are presented throughout the book, and in a comprehensive appendix.Anyone interested in the issues surrounding alcoholism in our contemporary society. This could include: Educators, counselors, social workers, correctional facilities and the public at large.Peterson, J. Vincent is the author of 'Nation Under the Influence America's Addiction to Alcohol', published 2002 under ISBN 9780205327140 and ISBN 0205327141.