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Substance Use and Abuse in South Africa

Insights from Brain and Behavioural Sciences

Dan Stein (editor) Ernesta Meintjies (editor)
Kevin Thomas (editor)
George Ellis (editor)

ISBN: 9781919895291

Publication Date: Jul 2012

Format: Paperback

This ground-breaking book, which includes cutting-edge research, looks at the problem of substance abuse from multiple perspectives, particularly in the light of recent discoveries in brain and behavioural science, but also taking a public health view. Its focus ranges from brain imaging and dopaminergic neurocircuitry to policy and prevention.
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Substance abuse is an enormous social problem in South Africa, as elsewhere. It is one of the focus areas of the Brain-Behaviour Initiative (BBI) at the University of Cape Town, which relates neuroscience and behavioural science to social issues. This ground-breaking book, which presents some of the cutting-edge research of this unit, looks at the problem of substance abuse from multiple perspectives and particularly in the light of recent discoveries in brain and behavioural science, but also taking a public health view. Its focus ranges from brain imaging and dopaminergic neurocircuitry to policy and prevention. In South Africa in particular, tik (crystal meth, or methamphetamine) and alcohol are devastating society, aggravating poverty and crime, and contributing to child abuse and gender violence. Substance Use and Abuse is the first book to address the nature of this problem in an integrated way.
Pages 448
Dimensions 245 x 168
Date Published 30 Jul 2012
Publisher UCT Press
Subject/s Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology  
Professor Dan Stein is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Cape Town. He has written numerous articles on the role of trauma, violence and alcohol in psychiatric disorders. He is the PI in the Cross-University Brain-Behaviour Initiative focusing on neuroscience, and in the Medical Research Council of South Africa Research Unit on Anxiety Disorders, investigating the psychobiology of anxiety disorders.

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