This is a guide to finding library and other resources on the topic of alcohol use and abuse.

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Reference Works

Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia. 2 vols. 2003.

From “absinthe” to “YWCA” the nearly 500 entries focus on the production and use of alcohol, cultural representations of alcohol, temperance movements, and more. Mugar Ref. X HV5017 A43 2003.

Alcohol in Popular Culture: An Encyclopedia. 2010.

“This encyclopedia presents an overview of the entire history of alcohol in America from the first colonies to present day, focusing on the often-marginalized and pop culture aspects of alcohol use and misuse. Entries illuminate topics such as the favorite alcoholic beverages in America; how they are manufactured; the role of alcohol in everyday life, special events, and across history; the impacts of alcohol consumption on society and health; and much more. Connections and influences from outside the United States are also considered for some topics.” Mugar Ref. X HV5017 A435 2010.

Drug Use: A Reference Handbook. 2004.

“Drug Use: A Reference Handbook presents a vast collection of facts and information about the major issues that drive the world’s never-ending drug problem. An examination of five substances – tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, heroin, and cocaine – presents eye-opening facts about their relationship to politics, policies, big business, and war.” Mugar HV5801 I67 2004.

The Encyclopedia of Addictions and Addictive Behaviors. 2006.

Begins with an introductory essay on addiction myths; types, causes and ramifications of addictions, and recovery. Followed by 300+ entries from “abstinence” to “Zyban.” There are several appendixes listing organizations and agencies, as well as statistical tables. Concludes with a bibliography. Mugar Ref. X RC564 G95 2006.

Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice. 2nd ed. 4 vols. 2002.

Contains scholarly articles concerning the causes of crime, criminal behavior, criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal justice systems, and the prevention, punishment, and treatment of crime. Topics include alcohol and crime and drinking and driving. Mugar Ref. X HV6017 E52 2002.

Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior. 4 vols. 2000.

Comprehensive encyclopedia covering criminology and social deviance under four broad categories: historical, conceptual, and theoretical issues; crime and juvenile delinquency; sexual deviance; and self destructive behavior and disvalued identity. The latter volume contains the most articles about alcohol; however, there are articles on alcohol scattered throughout the four-volume set. The 500+ entries cover such topics as alcohol and crime, biological aspects of alcoholism, and drunk driving as crime. Mugar HV 6017 E53 2000.

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior. 4 vols. 2001.

Contains overview essays and briefer entries on topics such as advertising and the alcohol industry, alcohol and AIDS, Adult Children of Alcoholics, driving under the influence, and minimum drinking age laws. Includes extensive directory of drug abuse and alcoholism treatment and prevention programs, research centers, and organizations. Mugar Ref. X HV5804 E53 2001.

Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Recovery. 2 vols. 2009.

“Reflecting the recent explosion in the knowledge base of all aspects of the alcohol and drug abuse field, the Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery presents state-of-the-art research and evidence-based applications. The Encyclopedia’s approximately 350 A-to-Z signed entries focus on the information that addiction treatment and prevention professionals and allied health professionals need to effectively work with clients.” Mugar Ref. X RC563.4 E53 2009.

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century. 3 vols. 2001.

Arranged alphabetically with lengthy articles on all aspects of life in the U.S. in the nineteenth century. Use the table of contents in volume 1, or the sytematic outline of contents and detailed subject index in volume 3 to locate your topic. Relevant topics include “saloons and the drinking life.” Mugar Ref. X E169.1 E626 2001.

Handbook of Alcoholism Treatment Approaches. 1995.

Handbook describing the variety of alternative treatment methods available. Mugar RC565 H26 1995.

The Slang and Jargon of Drugs and Drink. 1986.

Dictionary of terms, phrases and expressions used for drugs, alcohol and tobacco, from 1700 to the present. Mugar HV4998 S64 1986.


Alcohol and the Family: A Comprehensive Bibliography. 1987.

Contains more than 6,000 citations to books and periodical articles about alcohol and the family. Mugar Z7721 B364 1987. Storage: Use Request Form.

Alcohol-Related Issues in the Latino Population, 1980-1990: An Annotated Bibliography. 1992.

Includes essay on Latinos, alcohol and public policy, and contains literature on Latino adult and youth alcohol issues. Mugar Z7721 G54 1992. Storage: Use Request Form.


Alcoholism and Aging: An Annotated Bibliography and Review. 1995.

Contains an overview on alcoholism and aging and an annotated bibliography of 301 items, listing empirical studies, books and book chapters, and articles. Mugar Z7721 O83 1995. Storage: Use Request Form.

Annotated Bibliography of Alcoholics Anonymous, 1939-1989. 1989.

Annotated list of more than 1400 citations to articles, books, chapters and dissertations about AA. Mugar Z6665.7 A43 B57 1989. Storage: Use Request Form.

Children of Alcoholics: A Sourcebook. 1991.

Annotated bibliography of literature written about young children and adult children of alcoholics, as well as materials for professionals dealing with COAs. Mugar Z7721 P334 1991. Storage: Use Request Form.


The NALGAP Annotated Bibliography: Resources on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Lesbians/Gay Men. 1987.

Contains citations to books, articles, brochures, pamphlets, conference papers, theses and manuscripts on chemical addiction in the lesbian/gay community. Mugar Z7721 B47 1987. Storage: Use Request Form.

Native American Youth and Alcohol: An Annotated Bibliography. 1989.

Includes introductory essays and annotated bibliographies on Native Americans and Alaska Natives and alcoholism. Mugar Z1209. 2 U5 L61 1989. Storage: Use Request Form.

Substance Abuse Among Ethnic Minorities in America: A Critical Annotated Bibliography. 1992.

Contains summaries and critiques of articles on the etiologic and epidemiologic factors of substance use and abuse, treatment, and prevention. Includes blacks, Hispanics, native Americans, Alaska natives, and Asian/Pacific Islanders. Mugar Z7164 D78 S8 1992 Storage: Use Request Form.


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