The Economics of Addictive Behaviours Volume II

The Private and Social Costs of the Abuse of Alcohol and Their Remedies

  • John Joshua

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. John Joshua
    Pages 1-4
  3. John Joshua
    Pages 5-10
  4. John Joshua
    Pages 19-35
  5. John Joshua
    Pages 101-102
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 103-124

About this book


This title discusses the phenomenon of alcohol abuse as a behavioural disease and the associated costs. The author details alcohol’s status as a psychoactive drug; he notes, however, that in contrast to other psychoactive drugs, alcohol has been widely culturally accepted in Western countries and legally available, except in isolated incidents for a short period of time. Joshua considers which policies are being correctly utilised so as to reduce the abuse of alcohol, and how these policies may operate on a supply and demand model. Whereas programs of prevention and treatment operate on the demand side of alcohol abuse, legislation is directed at the supply side of alcohol; that is, dealing with marketing – product, promotion, point of sales and price.

This is the second title in a four volume series ‘The Economics of Addictive Behaviours’, consisting of three additional volumes on alcohol abuse, illicit drug abuse and overeating.


Health Economics Health behaviours Government Economic and social policy Tax Free choice Prevention Alcoholism Binge drinking Addiction

Authors and affiliations

  • John Joshua
    • 1
  1. 1.Deakin University MelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54424-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54425-0
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