In one sense it is disappointing that anthropology has not had more impact on how people use and think about alcohol. In another sense, it is gratifying that so much has been accomplished by so few in a field long dominated by biomedical interests.
Openness to considering cultural differences with respect to alcohol is often stated as a goal although many in the field must be reminded of it when dealing with specific issues. A bibliography, a periodic newsletter, and a few anthologies and occasional review articles, or special issues of journals on various topics, make it easier now to keep abreast of the diverse and scattered literature.
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