The book covers the three major areas drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Each section comprises three chapters, one covering epidemiology (the extent and the nature of the problem), one on prevention and one covering treatment and management. These review the published literature and summarize the available evidence succintly; for instance, starting with a helpful overview of the scope of epidemiology, then describing the range of conceptual frameworks. Treatment refers to both psychosocial and pharmacological approaches. Prevention covers both universal and local strategies, providing a menu of opportunities. These include public health interventions, such as strategies to reduce demand among young people.
Each section in this book features a series of short commentaries that provide clinical and public health perspectives from various parts of the world. These also address complementary topics, such as a call for clinicians to lobby more effectively, and the need for local knowledge and study to assess the generalisability of findings in different geographic regions and in different cultures.
The unique structure of this book makes it invaluable for all health professionals dealing with people with substance use disorders: the review chapters serve as reference material while the commentaries provide insight into particular problems and stimulate the reader to learn more.
SECTION 1 DRUGS.
1 Epidemiology of Drug Abuse: A Global Overview (Maria–Elena Medina–Mora, Tania Real and Rebeca Robles).
2 Drug Abuse: Prevention (Vladimir B. Poznyak, James White and Nicolas Clark).
3 Drug Abuse: Treatment and Management (Fabrizio Schifano).
4.1 Measuring, Preventing and Treating Global Drug Abuse (Kylie D. Reed, Mark Prunty and John Strang).
4.2 Epidemiology, Treatment and Prevention of Addictive Disorders (Pedro Ruiz).
4.3 The Global Challenge of Illegal Drugs (Neil McKeganey).
4.4 Drug Misuse Lessons Learned Through the Modern Science (Igor Koutsenok).
4.5 An Integrated Approach to Drug–Abuse Treatment: The Role of Prevention (Abdu l–Missagh Ghadirian).
4.6 Informing the Field of Substance Misuse: Progress and Challenges (David A. Deitch).
SECTION 2 ALCOHOL.
5 Epidemiology of Alcohol Abuse: Extent and Nature of the Problem (Jayadeep Patra, Andriy V. Samokhvalov and Jurgen Rehm).
6 The Prevention of Alcohol Problems (John B. Saunders and Noeline C. Latt).
7 Alcohol–Use Disorders Treatment and Management (Filippo Passetti and Colin Drummond).
8.1 Perverse Interpretation of Evidence in Alcohol Policy (Steve Allsop).
8.2 Implementing the Evidence Base (Duncan Raistrick).
8.3 Further Insights into the Burden of Alcohol Use on Mental Illness (Nady el–Guebaly).
8.4 Alcohol Issues What Next? (Griffith Edwards).
8.5 The Evolving Global Burden of Disease from Alcohol (Joshua Tsoh and Helen Fung–Kum Chiu).
8.6 A Timely Review of Alcohol Related Disorders (Nasser Loza and Waleed Fawzi).
SECTION 3 TOBACCO.
9 Epidemiology of Tobacco Use (Ilana B. Crome and Marcus R. Munafo).
10 Tobacco Use: Prevention (Adriana Blanco, Vera da Costa e Silva and Maristela Monteiro).
11 Tobacco Abuse: Treatment and Management (Susanna Galea).
12.1 Challenges in Reducing the Disease Burden of Tobacco Smoking (Coral Gartner and Wayne Hall).
12.2 Public Health and Tobacco Use (Pim Cuijpers).
12.3 Decreasing the Health Hazards of Tobacco: Necessary and Possible, But not Easy (Ahmad Mohit).
12.4 Overcoming State Addiction to Tobacco Industry (Robert West).
12.5 The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: The Importance of Article 14 (Robyn Richmond).
12.6 Comments Regarding Epidemiology of Tobacco Use, Tobacco Use: Prevention and Tobacco Abuse: Treatment and Management (Yu Xin).
"This book provides a comprehensive review of substance abuse disorders by many of the world′s leading experst in the field, and its contributors have a truly broad international representation. The chapters are clearly and authoritatively written, and each section is followed by commentaries that add the experience of experts to the evidence presented in the chapters." (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, April 2012)
"The commentaries at the end of each section are pertinent and, at times, thought provoking. This book would be best appreciated by individuals with knowledge in this area, but will be educational for anyone interested in this topic." (Doody′s, 21 October 2011)
"In this valuable contribution to the field, Ghodse (International Centre for Drug Policy, U. of London, UK) introduces a dozen chapters by international experts that address tobacco, alcohol, and other legal and illicit drugs." (Booknews, 1 April 2011)