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The Drunken Monkey: Why We Drink and Abuse Alcohol

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By: Robert Dudley (Author)

178 pages, 12 colour & 5 b/w illustrations

University of California Press

Hardback | Apr 2014 | #211295 | ISBN-13: 9780520275690
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NHBS Price: £24.95 $32/€30 approx

About this book

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 theory of the relationship of humans to alcohol, The Drunken Monkey discusses the supporting research, implications of the hypothesis, and the medical and social impacts of alcoholism. The Drunken Monkey is designed for interested readers, scholars, and students in comparative and evolutionary biology, biological anthropology, medicine, and public health.

"Persuasive and engaging."
Library Journal


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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Biography

Robert Dudley is Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. His research on the evolutionary origins of alcohol consumption has appeared in numerous journals.

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