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The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject. The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo College students

Web Site Links    

Alcohol Abuse
This site from the State University of New York at Potsdam defines alcohol abuse, provides historical background, and explores alcohol's effect on youth and health. Available help is noted.

Alcoholics Anonymous
A site created and maintained by Alcoholics Anonymous World Services. The information is provided in three languages (English, Spanish, and French). This site contains basic information about the organization, its mission, and the problems of alcoholism.

California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs
The Department of Alcohol and Drug Problems is responsible for administering prevention, treatment, and recovery services for alcohol and drug abuse. FAQs, publications, treatment programs, statistics, laws and regulations can be found here.

MADD: Mothers Against Drunk Driving
MADD is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the problems of drunk driving and underage drinking and supporting the victims of these senseless crimes. The Web site describes MADD’s victim support services and youth programs. Alcohol-related facts and statistics are offered for teenagers. The myths about alcohol are also listed and explained. In addition, the site contains a great deal of statistical information, including drunk driving fatalities by state, and legislation by state.

MEDLINE Plus Health Information: Alcoholism
Links to alcoholism news, clinical trials, research, prevention/screening, specific conditions and treatment.

NOFAS: National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
NOFAS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating birth defects caused by alcohol consumption during pregnancy. It uses a multicultural approach in its prevention, educational, and healing programs. This is an excellent site for those who seek general information about fetal alcohol syndrome. The site contains definitions of and information about FAS, a section on effective strategies for working with and disciplining children affected by FAS, and descriptions of the organization’s programs and projects. A number of good statistics are included in the resources section of the site.

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD)
NCADD "fights the stigma and the disease of alcoholism and other drug addictions.". The site provides information for parents and youth about drinking. The NCADD site provides a definition of alcoholism and a link to “Facts About Alcoholism and Other Drug Addiction.” The fact sheets contain statistical sources.

National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
A site provided by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), located in Bethesda, Maryland. This site includes the full-text of such publications as Alcohol Alert as well as the full text fro useful pamphlets such as Alcoholism: Getting the Facts. There is also a section of "Frequently Asked Question: (FAQs) about alcohol abuse and dependence (alcoholism).

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   
The following Rio Hondo College Library online databases my contain material relevant to alcoholism.  Databases may include magazine, newspaper and journal articles.  Off-campus users please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty or staff member to sue these services.

This portal includes links to a number of databases, journals, and Web sites focused on alcohol research and related topics.

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Try searching for "alcoholism" or construct your own search in this database to find current, in depth information.

The following books can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library.

Reference Books

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior
Ref HV 5804 E53 2009

Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco: learning about addictive behavior.
Ref HV 5804 D78 2003

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:

Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the following Library of Congress subject headings:



Drinking of Alcoholic Beverages

Drug abuse

Drug addicts--Rehabilitation

Substance abuse

The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library, to be viewed in the Library.

Advertising alcohol : calling the shots
Call number: Video 001295
Examines the images used by advertisers to sell alcohol. Presents a detailed visual and conceptual analysis of why this advertising does much more than simply tell the consumer what he can buy. Demonstrates how some advertising deliberately disguises the warning signs of problem drinking and falsely links alcohol with precisely those qualities--happiness, success, sexual fulfillment, prestige, athletic ability, creativity--that the abuse of alcohol diminishes and destroys.

Alcohol : the substance, the addiction, the solution
Call number: Video 000742
"Recovering alcoholics, a treatment psychologist, and a physician speak candidly about the causes and effects of alcoholism and the challenges of recovery."

Cross addiction : the back door to relapse
Call number: Video 000743
Firsthand testimony from recovering alcoholics and addicts, chemical dependency professionals, and a medical doctor dispel the myth that there is any such thing "safe" substance for people in recovery.

Drinking, are you in control?
Call number: Video 000485
Presents a case for an alternative to the total abstinence approach to the treatment of alcohol abuse. Questions whether alcoholism is truly a disease. Features interview with alcoholism researchers, self-described alcoholics who abstain from drinking entirely, and former alcohol abusers who drink moderately.

Hooked : the addiction trap
Call number: Video 000503
This 3 part series shows the path of addiction and discusses how to recognize when there is a potential problem. Interviews with young people and adults who are coping with addictions to drugs, alcohol, gambling, smoking, internet pornography, television and eating disorders are intercut with scientific information on addiction and the brain.

Restless, irritable, and discontented : the basics of relapse prevention
Call  number: Video 000501
Examines the attitudes and behaviors that warn of relapse. Personal stories help the viewer learn how to recognize and deal with high-risk situations.

Spin the bottle : sex, lies and alcohol
Call number: DVD 0046
"By exploring the college party scene, Spin the Bottle shows the difficulties students have in navigating a cultural environment saturated with messages about gender and alcohol"

Thinking about drinking
Call number: V FREU TD F-00
This series explores alcohol use and abuse in twelve specialized topics.

The Rio Hondo College Library provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases -  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 7 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB (alcoholism)) [from Peer-Reviewed Journals]
    2.  (SUB (children of alcoholics))
    3.  (SUB (fetal alcohol syndrome))
    4.  (SUB (alcoholism) and SUB (substance abuse treatment))
    5.  (SUB (drunk driving) and SUB (statistics))
    6.  (SUB (drunk driving) and SUB (statistics))
    7.  (SUB (alcohol) and SUB (domestic violence))

Researched and evaluated by:
S. Valero, Librarian 5/1998
last update: T. Shabelnik, Librarian 8/2008

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