Alcohol: Science, Policy and Public Health

Alcohol: Science, Policy and Public Health

By: Witold Zatonski (editor), Otis Brawley (editor), Paolo Boffetta (editor), Peter Boyle (editor), Albert B. Lowenfels (editor), Jurgen T. Rehm (editor), Sir Harry Burns (editor)Hardback

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Alcohol has always been an issue in public health but it is currently assuming increasing importance as a cause of disease and premature death worldwide. Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health provides an interdisciplinary source of information that links together, the usually separate fields of, science, policy, and public health. This comprehensive volume highlights the importance of bringing scientific knowledge to bear in order to strengthen and develop alcohol public policy. The book looks at the historical evolution of alcohol consumption in society, key early studies of alcohol and disease, and the cultural and social aspects of alcohol consumption. It then goes on to cover the chemistry and biology of alcohol, patterns of consumption, gender and age-related issues, alcohol and injury, alcohol and cancer and non-malignant disease, and various current therapeutic aspects. The book concludes with a section on alcohol policy, looking at issues of poverty, the availability of alcohol and alcohol control measures. This major reference, written by international leaders in the fields of alcoholism and alcohol policy, provides a comprehensive study of one of the foremost health problems in the world, and represents the highest standards of research within the field. It will be valuable to physicians and health professionals involved with patients with alcohol-related problems, scientists, public health specialists, health policy specialists, researchers and legislators as well as students of public health.

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PREFACE ; ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; CONTRIBUTORS ; I. FRAMING THE ISSUES ; 1. Historical evolution of alcohol consumption in society ; 2. Key studies of alcohol and disease ; 3. Cultural aspects: Representations of alcohol use in visual art ; 4. Cultural aspects: Illustrations of alcohol use in literature ; 5. Cultural aspects: Alcohol use in film ; 6. Sociocultural aspects of alcohol consumption ; II. ALCOHOL: CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY ; 7. Chemistry of alcoholic beverages ; 8. Alcohol metabolism and genetic control ; 9. Implications of the genetics of alcoholism and addictions for public policy ; 10. Pathophysiology of alcohol addiction ; 11. Opioid pharmacogenetics of alcohol addiction ; III. PATTERNS OF CONSUMPTION ; 12. Tools for estimating alcohol consumption ; 13. A global overview of alcohol consumption patterns ; 14. Impact of extreme drinking on mortality ; 15. Unrecorded alcohol consumption ; IV. ALCOHOL: GENDER AND AGE-RELATED ISSUES ; 16. Adolescent and teenage drinking ; 17. Gender and alcohol: consumption and consequences ; 18. Alcohol use in the elderly ; V. ALCOHOL, INJURY, AND VIOLENCE ; 19. Alcohol consumption and injury ; 20. Alcohol and road traffic injury ; 21. Alcohol and suicide ; 22. Alcohol and intimate partner violence ; 23. Violence and crime ; VI. ALCOHOL AND CANCER ; 24. Alcohol and carcinogenesis: mechanisms and biomarkers ; 25. Upper aerodigestive tumours: mouth, pharynx, larynx, and oesophagus ; 26. Gastrointestinal tumours ; 27. Liver and pancreatic tumours ; 28. Alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk ; 29. Bladder and genitourinary tumours ; VII. ALCOHOL AND NON-MALIGNANT DISEASE ; 30. Cardiac disease ; 31. Vascular disease ; 32. Benign diseases of the gastrointestinal tract ; 33. Liver disease ; 34. Pancreatitis ; 35. Diabetes ; 36. Neurological and mental disorders ; 37. Infectious disease ; 38. Alcohol and pregnancy: fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and the fetal alcohol syndrome ; VIII. THERAPEUTIC ASPECTS: CURRENT APPROACHES ; 39. Screening of high-risk drinkers ; 40. Brief intervention: does it work? ; 41. Drug therapy: reviewing the evidence ; IX. ALCOHOL POLICY ; 42. 1. The private sector and public policy: can they be reconciled? ; 43. Impact of alcohol on poverty and the need for appropriate policy ; 44. Control of alcohol availability: historical and current policies and their effects ; 45. Taxation and price control ; 46. Alcohol control measures and traffic safety ; 47. Public information and education campaigns ; 48. Public information and education campaigns

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/03/2013
  • ISBN13: 9780199655786
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 448
  • ID: 9780199655786
  • weight: 1042
  • ISBN10: 0199655782

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