chapter  2
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Anthropological views of ‘the problem of drinking’

As strange as the situation is on Mornington, it is far from unique. To help place my data and analysis in perspective I want to review some general accounts about alcohol and then turn to specific reports about drinking in Aboriginal communities. Unfortunately, because of the exigencies of space and because of the particular thrust of this volume I have not been able to take into account some issues raised by Saggers and Gray (1998) in Dealing with Alcohol: Indigenous Usage in Australia, New Zealand and Canada nor many other works such as Shkilnyk’s (1985) A Poison Stronger than Love, which is an account of drinking in an Ojibwa reservation in Canada.