This monograph grew out of a survey of the alcohol and drug abuse literature published from 1976 through early 1980. It is written for instructors of the behavioral sciences in medical and osteopathic schools. Its goal is to delineate, clarify, and raise pertinent criticism of the major issues in current knowledge about alcohol and drug abuse, a field that often seems fragmented and self-contradictory. Since the content of behavioral sciences as a medical discipline is still in a state of flux, where possible the content definition used by the National Board of Medical Examiners has been followed. Behavioral sciences is that discipline within medical education that addresses the definition, etiology, phenomenology, and pathology of human behavior in its many varied forms. The major complication for the behavioral sciences is that end-point behavioral pattern description is generally the focus of study--and there are many different routes to these end-point behavioral patterns. Nowhere is this fact more confounding than in the field of alcohol and drug abuse where, frequently, for the same individual consuming the same chemical on different occasions the resultant behavior may be quite different. This lack of uniformity appears to be due to the three elements of the Public Health Model of infectious disease: the host, the agent, and the environment, which also form the basis of the disease concept of alcohol and drug dependence.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

    5635 Fishers Lane
    Bethesda, MD  United States  20892-9304

    National Clearinghouse for Alcohol Information

    5600 Fishers Lane
    Rockville, MD  United States  20857
  • Authors:
    • Krug, R S
  • Publication Date: 0

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 38 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386764
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 244
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1984 12:00AM