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Drunken Monkey Why We Drink and Abuse Alcohol

ISBN-10: 0520275691
ISBN-13: 9780520275690
Edition: 2014
Authors: Robert Dudley
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Description: Alcoholism, as opposed to the safe consumption of alcohol, remains a major public health issue. In this accessible book, Robert Dudley presents an intriguing evolutionary interpretation to explain the persistence of alcohol-related problems.  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 5/1/2014
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 184
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Alcoholism, as opposed to the safe consumption of alcohol, remains a major public health issue. In this accessible book, Robert Dudley presents an intriguing evolutionary interpretation to explain the persistence of alcohol-related problems. Providing a deep-time, interdisciplinary perspective on today’s patterns of alcohol consumption and abuse, Dudley traces the link between the fruit-eating behavior of arboreal primates and the evolution of the sensory skills required to identify ripe and fermented fruits that contain sugar and low levels of alcohol. In addition to introducing this new theory of the relationship of humans to alcohol, the book discusses the supporting research, implications of the hypothesis, and the medical and social impacts of alcoholism.The Drunken Monkey is designed for interested readers, scholars, and students in comparative and evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, medicine, and public health.

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