SOC 3970 Week 2 Lecture Notes
SOC 3970 Week 2 Lecture Notes SOC 3970
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SOC 3970 Lecture Notes Week of August 29, 2016 August 30, 2016 & September 1, 2016 Lectures Reference PowerPoint: “Lecture 2 – A History of Drug Use” Alcohol Consumption o 1790’s – 1919 Early 1800’s: drinking was part of everyday activities. It was very integrated in life, both social and privately. Grain alcohol was invented and people were very much unaware of the increased concentrations. The typically person would consume about 88 bottles of whiskey per year. 1830: high point in the nation’s alcohol consumption, after which drinking declined. Why the decrease? o Mostly men were consumers, and social problems emerged By the late 1800’s, scientific research starts to show that there are unhealthy aspects of drinking alcohol. o American Revolution Alcohol was increasingly viewed as a cause of serious problems (a scapegoat) o Temperance Movement Temperance societies developed, as the social problems society was facing caused groups to form. Lobbying Efforts – “Washingtonians” o Prohibition (1920 – 1933) Alcohol tax was a huge revenue for the government. To combat, people came up with income tax. AntiSaloon league Why was Prohibition supported? Income tax replaced alcohol tax Social problems were associated with alcohol use Scientific evidence showed that alcohol wasn’t healthy Why was Prohibition eventually repealed? Crime became more organized and profitable There was the concern that there was a widespread disrespect for Prohibition, and that there was lawlessness as a result Enforcement was very challenging Alcohol tax was a major set of revenue Repealed by the 21 Amendment in 1933 o After Prohibition Use of alcohol rose throughout the 1930s and early 40s, jumped during WWII, and leveled off until the 60s. nd 2 high point of alcohol use: 19791980. Drug use also increased. This correlation shows that there may be a similar reason as to why people use drugs and alcohol. Drug Use Trends Over Time o 1960s to 1979 Systematic surveys on drug use did not begin until the early 1970s Retrospective estimates = calculations based on the recall of interviewees and indirect indicators, or drug use during earlier periods of time The growing tolerant attitude was translated into legal policy during the 1970s 12 states decriminalized the possession of small quantities of marijuana, but the 80s and 90s the laws got tougher again o 1980s to 21 Century Two remarkable events happened during the 80s and 90s After the high point of drug use in the 1970s, drug use dropped dramatically during the 80s again. o Was there a culture change? During the early 1990s, drug use seemed to be on the rise again, especially amongst youth o No real conclusion as to why o Currently: Declined trend in general, but opposite trends are being seen in 3 d World Countries. Cigarette Use o Class Discussion: Why are antitobacco campaigns so much more effective than other antidrug campaigns? o Current Cigarette Use Smoking is stigmatized and dangerous Society has successfully educated its members on the effects of tobacco use Social
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