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Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity

"From a public health perspective, alcohol is no ordinary consumer
product. On a global level, it is a major contributor to disease,
disability, and premature mortality. It also has an adverse impact on
many aspects of social life. Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity - Research and Public Policy
describes recent advances in alcohol research that have direct
relevance for the development of
effective alcohol policies at the local, national and international
levels. It covers the search for policies that protect health, prevent
disability, and address the social problems associated with the misuse
of beverage alcohol. This book is, at its core, a scientific treatise
on what alcohol policy is, why it is needed, which interventions are
effective, how policy is made, and how scientific
evidence can inform the policy-making process." [from http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-263261-2]