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Accessible and comprehensive, Loosening the Grip remains an authoritative source for information about alcohol use and the problems associated with it, while also addressing the relationship between alcohol use and other drug use. This text presents the physical and psychological effects of alcohol alongside the impact of alcohol use on family and society. Special attention is given to addressing the range of responses to alcohol problems, prevention, harm reduction, brief treatment, engagement in treatment and aftercare, and addressing high risk drinking. Along with providing a historical foundation for the discussion of substance use, the book explains the facts about this complex issue in clear, engaging language. Loosening the Grip is widely recognized as a useful resource for future and current health care workers—substance abuse clinicians, school counselors, mental health workers, community nurses, and others.

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Chapter 1 Alcohol

Chapter 2 Alcohol and Its Costs

Chapter 3 Alcohol and the Body

Chapter 4 Alcohol Use Disorders

Chapter 5 Etiology of Alcohol Use Disorders

Chapter 6 Medical Complications

Chapter 7 The Behavior of Dependence

Chapter 8 Effects of Alcohol Problems on the Family

Chapter 9 Evaluation and Treatment Overview

Chapter 10 Treatment Techniques and Approaches

Chapter 11 Special Populations

Chapter 12 Other Psychiatric Considerations

Chapter 13 Drugs of Abuse Other Than Alcohol

Chapter 14 Odds ‘n Ends

Appendix Alcohol—Medical Interactions