ISBN : 9780198714002
Impact of Addictive Substances and Behaviours on Individual and Societal Well-being outlines an innovative and fascinating new framework for understanding the harm that addictive substances and behaviours can cause. Taking a holistic approach and with well-being as a central tenet, it demonstrates how using different methods can lead to a more just and evidence-based approach to dealing with addictions. Presenting the latest and most comprehensive research, the expert team of authors examines the harm caused by addictive substances and behaviour, factors that contribute to addictions, and current European approaches to governing addictive substances and behaviours. It is both legal and illegal drugs, and behaviour that cause harm. For the world as a whole, cigarettes were the second largest cause of ill health and early death in 2010, alcohol the fifth, and illegal drugs the eighteenth. Regular and sustained heavy engagement in addictive substances and behaviour also impacts on quality of life and material living conditions. The well-being framework outlined here for understanding this impact places particular emphasis on the reciprocal relationship between well-being and drug use: well-being can be a driver of the heavy use of addictive substances and behaviours, and also compounds the harm done. Furthermore, the response of society can increase the harm caused by drug use, and stigma, social exclusion, and the actions of the criminal justice system can impair individual and societal well-being considerably. Impact of Addictive Substances and Behaviours on Individual and Societal Well-being is based on the research from ALICE RAP, a multidisciplinary European study of addictive substances and behaviours in contemporary society. A timely addition to the field, this book is essential reading for those wanting to make a real impact in the field of addiction prevention policy, including public managers, practitioners, public health professionals, and stakeholders influencing policy for addictive substances and behaviours, as well as academics.
1. Introduction to Addictive behaviours
2. Passive vulnerability or active agency? An evolutionarily ecological perspective of human drug use.
3. What are addictive substances and behaviours and how far do they extend?
4. Wellbeing as a frame for understanding addictive substances
5. The effects of addictive substances and addictive behaviours on physical and mental health
6. Drug and Alcohol Policy for European Youth: Current evidence and recommendations for integrated policies and research strategies
7. Addictive Substances And Behaviours And Social Justice
8. Impact of the economic recession on addiction-prone behaviours
9. Social Costs of Addiction in the Europe
10. Addictive substances and behaviours and socioeconomic development
11. Addictive substances and behaviours and corruption, transparency and governance