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The drunken monkey : why we drink and abuse alcohol

Author: Robert Dudley
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014] ©2014
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Alcoholism, as opposed to the safe consumption of alcohol, remains a major public health issue. In this accessible book, Robert Dudley presents an intriguing evolutionary interpretation to explain the persistence of alcohol-related problems. Providing a deep-time, interdisciplinary perspective on today's patterns of alcohol consumption and abuse, Dudley traces the link between the fruit-eating behavior of arboreal  Read more...
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Dudley, Robert, 1961-
Drunken monkey.
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2014]
(DLC) 2013033162
(OCoLC)857234334
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Dudley
ISBN: 9780520958173 0520958179 1306329760 9781306329767
OCLC Number: 869457130
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 154 pages)
Contents: List of Illustrations Prologue Acknowledgments 1. Introduction 2. The Fruits of Fermentation 3. On the Inebriation of Elephants 4. Aping About in the Forest 5. A First-Rate Molecule 6. Alcoholics Aren't Anonymous 7. Winos in the Mist Postscript Sources and Recommended Reading Index
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Alcoholism, as opposed to the safe consumption of alcohol, remains a major public health issue. In this accessible book, Robert Dudley presents an intriguing evolutionary interpretation to explain the persistence of alcohol-related problems. Providing a deep-time, interdisciplinary perspective on today's patterns of alcohol consumption and abuse, Dudley traces the link between the fruit-eating behavior of arboreal primates and the evolution of the sensory skills required to identify ripe and fermented fruits that contain sugar and low levels of alcohol. In addition to introducing this new theo.

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