By Harold D. Holder
An individual's determination to exploit alcohol and the frequency, volume, and events of use are the results of a mix of organic and social components. consuming is not just a private selection, but in addition an issue of customized and social habit, and is stimulated by means of entry and financial components together with degrees of disposable source of revenue and price of alcoholic drinks. until eventually prevention efforts stop to concentration narrowly at the person and start to undertake broader group views on alcohol difficulties and methods to lessen them, those efforts will fail. the writer demanding situations the present implicit versions utilized in alcohol challenge prevention and demonstrates an ecological point of view of the group as a posh adaptive approach composed of interacting subsystems. this significant quantity represents a brand new and brilliant method of the prevention of alcohol dependence and alcohol-related difficulties.
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2 Consumption Subsystem Introduction Alcohol is consumed in most of the world's industrial cultures and in many non- or pre-industrial cultures. Some cultures have formal bans on alcohol, but in many, consumption of alcohol is a part of routine community life. Although the proportion of people who elect to abstain from alcohol varies across communities and cultures, alcohol is likely to be consumed in some form by a significant percentage of the population where it is not forbidden. In a community system, drinking is manifested in the Consumption Subsystem.
One obvious exception is that people occasionally move from one of the highest two consumption categories to total abstention. Possible and typical movements between consumption categories are illustrated in Fig. 2. For each age and gender group, movement between consumption categories can be governed by factors external to the Consumption Subsystem such as: (1) Personal income (consumption of each of the three types of alcoholic beverage is uniquely sensitive to income changes). 2 Movement of population between consumption categories.
See a recent analyses by Lemmons (1995) who found that a slight change in the overall consumption distribution can have a large effect on mortality but that estimates of changes in the right tail of the distributions can have considerable room for error. Alcohol consumption is dynamic As a dynamic system itself, the Consumption Subsystem continuously adjusts in response to both exogenous factors (outside of the subsystem) and endogenous factors (within the subsystem). Within any age group, people may change their drinking patterns in response to these factors.