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Impact of Addictive Substances and Behaviours on Individual and Societal Well-being

Peter Anderson, Jürgen Rehm, and Robin Room


Evolutionary biology suggests that humans are active and functional with regard to addictive substances and behaviours, rather than being passive and vulnerable. This applies to a range of substances and chemicals, including also sugars. The heavy use of addictive substances and the heavy engagement in addictive behaviours have a negative impact on a wide range of individual and societal health and well-being outcomes. Harms are worsened by poverty and are compounded by societies’ stigmatized approaches to heavy users of additive substances and behaviours. Unchecked market-driven societies and ... More

Keywords: addictive substances, evolutionary biology, sugar, well-being, health, harm, social costs, social injustice, global business, market

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198714002
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198714002.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Anderson, editor
Professor of Substance Use, Policy and Practice and Professor of Alcohol and Health, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, UK and Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands

Jürgen Rehm, editor
Director, Social and Epidemiological Research Department, Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto, Canada

Robin Room, editor
Professor and Director, School of Population Health, University of Melbourne and Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, Stockholm University and Centre for Alcohol Policy Research, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, Victoria, Australia

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Chapter 1 Introduction to addictive behaviours

Peter Anderson, Jürgen Rehm, and Robin Room

Chapter 6 Drug and alcohol policy for European youth: current evidence and recommendations for integrated policies and research strategies

Patricia J. Conrod, Angelina Brotherhood, Harry Sumnall, Fabrizio Faggiano, and Reinout Wiers

Chapter 7 Addictive substances and behaviours and social justice

Jacek Moskalewicz and Justyna I. Klingemann

Chapter 9 Social costs of addiction in Europe

Kevin D. Shield, Maximilien X. Rehm, and Jürgen Rehm

Chapter 10 Addictive substances and socioeconomic development

Robin Room, Sujatha Sankaran, Laura A. Schmidt, Pia Mäkelä, and Jürgen Rehm

Chapter 12 Conclusion

Jürgen Rehm, Robin Room, and Peter Anderson

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