The American experience with alcohol: contrasting cultural perspectives

Bennett, Linda A.; Ames, Genevieve M.; and (eds.)

New York: Plenum (1985)

In this chapter, religious and cultural prescriptions for alcohol use and drinking behavior are explained as such issues affect the alcoholic experience (for both the afflicted person and family unit) in middle-class Protestant families. The line of evidence I present in support of a cultural perspective came from a historical review of American beliefs about alcoholism (see Chapter 3 of this volume) and upon my research experiences in the homes of alcoholic families.