What is it about?

A reflection on alcohol use among soldiers that took part in an armed conflict.

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Why is it important?

The use of alcohol in the Portuguese Colonial War is an empirical example of how what is considered ‘acceptable’, ‘normal’ or ‘pathological’ may depend more on socio-cultural norms than on objective and measurable criteria, including clinical criteria.


I hope this article help to consolidate the social perspetive on drug use.

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This page is a summary of: ‘A man can only be truly known in drunkenness and war.’ An anthropological perspective on alcohol use during the Portuguese Colonial War, Addiction, May 2021, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/add.15583.
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