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  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520275691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520275690
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #874,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Persuasive and engaging."
(Library Journal 2014-04-15)

"Well constructed and clearly written."
(Nature 2014-05-15)

About the Author

Robert Dudley is Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama. His research on the evolutionary origins of alcohol consumption has appeared in numerous journals.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
1 in 25 humans globally have alcohol-related causes of death, there are more than 12M alcoholics in the US, yet all the explanations and treatments for alcohol I've seen have been "soft". This book explains the "hard" reasons why we are evolutionarily attracted to alcohol. This book is very well written, short enough to read and digest quickly, and does a great job laying a real foundation for why humans are drawn to alcohol, ignoring social taboos and incorporating real observational research across a number of species leading to humans.

Frankly, after reading this I wonder why alcoholism isn't treated from an evolutionary perspective. I believe that this book could set the starting point for more effective treatment.

This should be mandatory reading for anyone who is an alcoholic, is close to an alcoholic, or is in the fields of research, treatment, or policy-setting for alcoholics. It pins down a credible starting point for all of the above.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Pope on February 28, 2014
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The Drunken Monkey provides a compelling explanation of possible evolutionary links to people's love of the drink. The book is exceptionally well written and extremely informative. It cuts across disciplines by connecting concepts such as evolution, health/nutrition, and sociology. I highly recommend the book to those discerning readers who want well written, entertaining and informative reads.
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By KSK5 on August 2, 2014
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I do research in alcohol use disorders and bought this book based on the several positive reviews hoping to learn something about a novel approach to this important but poorly understood syndrome. I was very disappointed. This book contains only one useful insight -- that alcohol use disorders can be understood from an evolutionary perspective, perhaps related to our fruit eating primate ancestors. This is interesting and perhaps important. However, it is highly speculative. This book provides very little good evidence in support of this theory. Science works best going from good theories to careful empirical testing. The book had the first part but not the second. Furthermore, in areas I know well in the alcohol field, the author was often not well informed. Much of what he wrote was superficial and sometimes it was just incorrect. I ended up having little confidence in his conclusions.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tom Kruse on June 12, 2014
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The link between olfactory sensations and cravings is a well known phenomenon. One of the strongest links studied so far. The chief difficulty, that I see, is that in the evolution from mainly arboreal to primarily biped the monkey/ape makes some profound changes. The most important has to do with decision making and the amount of criteria that is both realized and acted upon. I think this is good information to be aware of and most certainly belongs in a collection of serious works on the subject of alcoholism.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian on May 2, 2014
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More for the scientist or the biologically-minded reader, this book will drum up little interest elsewhere among the general reading public such as myself.
Perhaps it is beyond me, but I found It rather long-winded.
More important is the fact that it resolves little that we didn't hitherto know about alcoholism. There are no breakthroughs or recent discoveries in this regard, so it becomes a bit tedious after a while.
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