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Readership: Undergraduates studying biomedical science, human biology, and health science, particularly those with an interest in public health. Also a valuable reference for health professionals requiring a straightforward introduction to the subject.
Edited by Lesley Smart, Open University
"This is a marvelous book." - Doody's Notes
"I found this a fascinating read and it will be of interest to anybody who wants to know more about alcohol and its effects, or who works with people who are using alcohol." - Education in Chemistry, 2008
1: Alcohol and its effects on health
1.1 Alcohol has a long history
1.2 Problems in estimating alcohol consumption
1.3 Variations in alcohol consumption around the world
1.4 Alcohol, youth and gender - Rachel's story
1.5 Alcohol and the world's health
1.6 Economic costs of alcohol-related harm
2: The chemistry of alcohol
2.2 The alcohol molecule
2.3 The properties of ethanol
2.4 The metabolism of ethanol in the body
2.5 The chemical reactions of ethanol
2.6 Does drinking alcohol make you fat?
3: Where does alcohol go in the body?
3.1 Absorption of alcohol from the gut
3.2 Transport of absorbed ethanol in the body
3.3 Ethanol from the gut first passes through the liver
3.4 The effect of ethanol on the kidneys
4: Alcohol - link to brain, behaviour and mind
4.1 How to understand why people drink alcohol
4.2 Psychological perspectives on drinking alcohol
4.3 Alcohol and the brain
4.4 Associations between alcohol, smoking and sex
4.5 Addiction to alcohol
5: How alcohol causes short- and long-term harmful effects
5.3 Long-term problems for chronic alcoholism
5.4 Nervous system damage
5.5 Fetal alcohol syndrome
6: Balancing harms with possible benefits
6.1 Is there a 'safe' level of alcohol intake?
6.2 Can moderate drinking bring any health benefits?
6.3 Final Comments