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Notes 2-28 - Notes 2/28/07 Socio-cultural Factors o...

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Notes 2/28/07 Socio-cultural Factors o Socio-cultural Model-human behavior is very complex and is the result of the interplay between biology and socio-cultural historical factors Includes the interaction of culture, society and the individual Drinking is imbedded in a matrix of social and cultural factors and those factors include things like values, attitudes, and expectations We get these from significant others (learn to drink from the significant others in our lives) Generalizations In most societies drinking is considered a social act Embedded in a context of values, attitudes, and other norms which constitute important socio-cultural factors that influence the effects of drinking As important as biological factors, chemical factors and pharmacokinetic (how your body absorbs/neutralizes alcohol) factors Rules: concerning who may and may not drink how much of what someone is supposed to drink in what context someone is supposed to drink who you can drink with in many populations the ability of alcohol making one more social is emphasized (done so you can loosen up around your friends) For much of history, there was no connection between drinking and physical, psychological, economic, and relational problems For the exceptions, most societies will point to the fact that when it
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