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Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Behavior

Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Behavior
Psychological Research Perspectives

Second Edition
  • John Jung - California State University, Long Beach, USA

June 2009 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Providing a psychological perspective on the use and abuse of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs, this Second Edition includes more coverage of the theories of alcohol and other drug use and abuse, as well as broad conceptual issues related to the nature of addiction and recent developments in research methods.

Key Features

  • Focuses on alcohol, which is used more widely than any other drug, and the one that is  associated with the most societal harm
  • Evaluates important studies on major issues, concepts, and theories rather than providing exhaustive literature reviews
  • Teaches students to become educated consumers of research findings, rather than passive or uncritical recipients


  • A Student Study Site at with chapter summaries, multiple-choice quizzes, flashcards for glossary items, an annotated list of relevant Web sites, informational QuickTime movies, and SAGE journal articles.
  • A password protected Instructor's Resource Site at includes PowerPoint slides and test questions.

Intended Audience
This text is appropriate for upper-level undergraduate courses in Drugs and Behavior, Psychology of Addiction, and Drug Abuse Counseling. It can also be used in graduate-levelcourses in Drugs and Behavior and Addiction courses taught in health science, social work, criminal justice, and nursing.


1. Psychology of Alcohol and Other Drugs
Focus and Goals of This Book

History of Drugs in America

Origins of Licit Drugs

Origins of Illicit Drugs

Some Central Questions



2. Theories of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
A "Layperson" Theory

Psychological Theories

Mediators, Moderators, and Direct Causes

Theories of Smoking

Theory of Caffeine Use

Illicit Drug Theory



3. Alcohol and Other Drugs: Use, Abuse, and Dependence
Defining Use

Methods Of Measuring Use

Use, Abuse, and Dependence

Major Conceptions of Alcohol Use Disorders

Criteria of Abuse and Dependence

Assessment of DSM-IV Disorders



4. The Extent of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
The Epidemiological Approach

National Surveys of Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Stability of Alcohol Use Patterns

Abuse and Dependency Rates

Comorbidity of Alcohol and Illicit Drugs

Other Sources of Data

The Ethnographic Approach



5. Neurobiology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use
What Happens After Drugs Are Taken?

How Drugs Affect the Nervous System

How Neurons Communicate

How Alcohol and Other Drugs Affect Neurotransmission

Changes in Neurophysiology With Prolonged Drug Use

Neuroadaptational Models

Physical Effects of Drugs

A Safe Level of Alcohol Use?



6. Heredity and Environment: Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Molecular Genetics

Indirect Evidence of Hereditary Influences on Alcoholism

Direct Evidence of Hereditary Influences on Alcoholism

Family Environment Influences

Integrative Models of Heredity and Environment



7. Basic Psychological Processes
Methodological Issues

Mood and Emotion

Emotional Regulation and Drinking

Sensory Motor Activity


Structural Neuropsychological Explanations

Process Neuropsychological Explanations



8. Interpersonal Processes

Moderators of the Alcohol-Aggression Relationship

A Moderator Variable Model

Sexual Activity



9. Family Processes
Alcohol and Marital Status

Effects of Parental Alcohol Use Disorders on Children

Alcoholic Family Interactions

Adult Children of Alcoholics




10. Age and Alcohol and Other Drugs

College Students

Young Adults

Older Populations

Age, Cohort, and Period Effects



11. Gender Differences In Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Methodological and Conceptual Issues

Gender and Prevalence of Alcohol Use

Gender Correlates of Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Gender and Alcoholism Treatment

Theories of Gender Differences in Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Smoking and Gender

Gender and Other Drug Use



12. Minority Groups: Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups and Alcohol

Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups and Smoking

Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups and Illicit Drugs

Influence of Acculturation on Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Sexual Minority Groups and Alcohol



13. Recovering From Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies
Motivating Change

Methods of Recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous and Related Mutual Help Groups

Behavioral Model

Self-Help Treatment for the Family of Alcoholics

Natural Recovery


14. Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies
Typical 28-Day Inpatient Treatment

Size of the Treatment Population

Reasons for Not Seeking Treatment


Behavioral Approaches

Family Therapy

Brief Intervention Therapy

Early Detection and Screening

Pharmacological Approaches

Combining Behavioral and Pharmacological Treatment

Evaluation of Treatment Programs

Determining How Effective Therapies Work

Matching Patients and Treatments

Alcoholics With Dual Diagnoses

Other Drugs: Treatment of Abuse and Dependency

Smoking Treatments



15. Relapse After Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Disorders
Defining Relapse

Craving and Relapse

A Dynamic Model of Relapse

Successful Lapse Resistance



16. Prevention of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems
Social Policy and Drugs

The Public Health Model

Primary Prevention

Secondary Prevention

Harm Reduction Approach

Promoting Social Change

A Tale of Two Drugs

The Future of Prevention



About the Author


Student Study Site
The student study site includes chapter summaries, quizzes, journal articles, web resources, chapter videos, and e-flashcards.
Instructor Resource Site
The instructor's resource site includes a PowerPoint slide and test questions.

This is a great book for undergraduate students. It gives an insight into the major issues,concepts, theories and treatments of drug use.

Dr Florentia Hadjiefthyvoulou
Psychology, Nottingham Trent University
July 23, 2012

Ideal for my undergraduate students studying a module on 'substance misuse and crime' as part of a wider criminal justice based degree programme. But would be equally useful as a primary text in similar related disciplines. The author has provided the opportunity for readers to explore a wide range of issues concerned with the subject matter with particularly good research-based evidence surrounding prevalance, prevention and treatment. Jung provides sound analysis and criticallity and encourages the reader to consider alternative explanations and create balanced judgements towards the presented evidence.

Mr Lee Curran
Criminal Justice, St Helens College
March 16, 2012

John Jung has written a good, clear and basic review of the pragmatics of substance use. However I would have enjoyed a greater emphasis on dual diagnosis, and the other, wider psychological complexities that dog our understanding of how these difficulties continue to confound efforts at treatment, recovery and care.

Mr Armin Luthi
Health and Social care sciences, Saint Georges
November 25, 2011

This will be an interesting supplementary text for my students especially those who wish to compare psychological and sociological responses to drugs and alcohol

Ms Karen Mills
Social Science , Hertfordshire University
April 4, 2011

The book is current, comprehensive, and relevant. My students and I all enjoyed the book.

Constance Collins
Behavioral Sciences, Palomar College
March 31, 2010

Really useful, no other books we have cover this topic so this is really welcome.

Miss Kate Steabler
HE Care, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education
March 19, 2010

This book is an excellent source for students of nursing, social work and health & social care.
It is well written and easy to follow with a clear and concise summary at the end of every chapter.

Ms Julie Burton
Psychology , Lincoln University
March 18, 2010

I am no longer delivering the Youth at Risk module but it is a book I may consider using it as a supplemental book in an new module I am delivering. this new module is called Social Personal and Health Education. Once I have experienced the module once I may deem certain chapters relelvant to my students. I intend to order some book for the college library. This book would be relelvant for a number of other modules therefore have copies in the library will be useful.

Ms Mairead Barry
Dept of Excercise, Waterford Institute of Technology
December 3, 2009

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