Journal article

Normative perspectives on alcohol use and problems

R Room

Journal of Drug Issues | Published : 1975


Social drinking problems can be viewed as deviations from behavior norms which are “noticed” and defined as alcohol-related. Drinking norms can enforce heavy drinking as well as restrain It. Many drinking norms are directed at behavior during or after drinking rather than at the amount of drinking. U.S. drinking norms are highly differentiated by social situation and social category of the drinker. But there is no common situation in which it is “OK to be high.” Nevertheless, heavy drinking is not rare In the U.S. We may speak of a loose social world of heavy drinking whose norms are at odds with general norms. This world coexists with the culture by an implicit policy of enclaving. Besides ..

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