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Title
Alcohol and Human Health (Introducing Health Science)
ISBN
9780199237357
EAN
9780199237357
Publication Name
Alcohol and Human Health
Item Length
10.4in
Publisher
Open University Press
Series
Introducing Health Science Ser.
Publication Year
2008
Type
Textbook
Format
Trade Paperback
Language
English
Item Height
0.3in
Author
Lesley Smart
Item Width
8.3in
Item Weight
17.8 Oz
Number of Pages
104 Pages

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Alcohol has been drunk in human societies for at least ten thousand years, and today has become a common and accepted way to unwind from the pressures of life. But people are also aware that drinking alcohol has its dangers: it impairs our reaction times; it can damage our livers; it can increase the risk of developing certain cancers; and it can be addictive, ruining careers and lives. But there are counter-claims that small regular amounts of alcohol improve health and lengthen life. What is the truth? Alcohol and Human Health is a multidisciplinary account of the science behind drinking alcohol and its effects on human health. The book first puts the problems into perspective by looking at the global health and accident statistics relating to alcohol drinking. It then goes on to study the basic chemistry of the ethanol molecule, and explains how ethanol is absorbed and metabolised by the body, and how it damages the liver, kidneys and brain. The authors then explore the effects of drinking alcohol on behaviour, motor control and memory, and in the process, discuss the causes of addiction and the possibilities for treatment, using case stories to highlight the effects of excessive drinking. The book concludes by evaluating the evidence for the benefits of moderate drinking. Alcohol and Human Health is accompanied by a fully interactive DVD, which includes molecular models of key chemical structures featured in the book, together with animations of the alcohol 'journey' through the body illustrating its effects on the liver and at synapses in the nervous system. Also on the DVD are videos illustrating how the effects of alcohol and placebo can be investigated experimentally, and interviews with undergraduates discussing their attitudes to drinking and with recovering alcoholics and staff at Alcoholics Anonymous. The Online Resource Centre features: For lecturers who are registered adopters of the book: - Figures from the book in electronic format, available to download For students: - Access to ROUTES, a searchable internet database of online resources compiled by academic staff and subject-specialist librarians.

Product Identifiers

Publisher
Open University Press
ISBN-10
0199237352
ISBN-13
9780199237357
eBay Product ID (ePID)
63152080

Product Key Features

Author
Lesley Smart
Publication Name
Alcohol and Human Health
Format
Trade Paperback
Language
English
Series
Introducing Health Science Ser.
Publication Year
2008
Type
Textbook
Number of Pages
104 Pages

Dimensions

Item Length
10.4in
Item Height
0.3in
Item Width
8.3in
Item Weight
17.8 Oz

Additional Product Features

Lc Classification Number
Rc565
Reviews
"An account of the science behind drinking alcohol and its effects on human health, putting the problems into perspective by looking at the global health and accident statistics relating to alcohol drinking."-- Times Higher Education Supplement "This is a marvelous book, and its use should not be limited to undergraduates. Anyone, including physicians, medical students, nurses and substance abuse counselors, would find it quite useful. It is an easy to read and easy to understand summary of the history of alcohol in society and its effects on the human body, and should be read by anyone seeking to further their knowledge on this subject. The interactive DVD is quite extraordinary, and adds to the book's overall usefulness."-- Doody's Health Sciences Review , a 5-star review!, "An account of the science behind drinking alcohol and its effects on human health, putting the problems into perspective by looking at the global health and accident statistics relating to alcohol drinking."--Times Higher Education Supplement"This is a marvelous book, and its use should not be limited to undergraduates. Anyone, including physicians, medical students, nurses and substance abuse counselors, would find it quite useful. It is an easy to read and easy to understand summary of the history of alcohol in society and its effects on the human body, and should be read by anyone seeking to further their knowledge on this subject. The interactive DVD is quite extraordinary, and adds to the book's overall usefulness."--Doody's Health Sciences Review, a 5-star review!, "An account of the science behind drinking alcohol and its effects on human health, putting the problems into perspective by looking at the global health and accident statistics relating to alcohol drinking."--Times Higher Education Supplement "This is a marvelous book, and its use should not be limited to undergraduates. Anyone, including physicians, medical students, nurses and substance abuse counselors, would find it quite useful. It is an easy to read and easy to understand summary of the history of alcohol in society and its effects on the human body, and should be read by anyone seeking to further their knowledge on this subject. The interactive DVD is quite extraordinary, and adds to the book's overall usefulness."--Doody's Health Sciences Review, a 5-star review!, 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.
Table of Content
1. Alcohol and its effects on health1.1 Alcohol has a long history1.2 Problems in estimating alcohol consumption1.3 Variations in alcohol consumption around the world1.4 Alcohol, youth and gender - Rachel's story1.5 Alcohol and the world's health1.6 Economic costs of alcohol-related harm2. The chemistry of alcohol2.1 Introduction2.2 The alcohol molecule2.3 The properties of ethanol2.4 The metabolism of ethanol in the body2.5 The chemical reactions of ethanol2.6 Does drinking alcohol make you fat?3. Where does alcohol go in the body?3.1 Absorption of alcohol from the gut3.2 Transport of absorbed ethanol in the body3.3 Ethanol from the gut first passes through the liver3.4 The effect of ethanol on the kidneys4. Alcohol - link to brain, behaviour and mind4.1 How to understand why people drink alcohol4.2 Psychological perspectives on drinking alcohol4.3 Alcohol and the brain4.4 Associations between alcohol, smoking and sex4.5 Addiction to alcohol5. How alcohol causes short- and long-term harmful effects5.1 Introduction5.2 Hangovers5.3 Long-term problems for chronic alcoholism5.4 Nervous system damage5.5 Fetal alcohol syndrome5.6 Treatment6. Balancing harms with possible benefits6.1 Is there a 'safe' level of alcohol intake?6.2 Can moderate drinking bring any health benefits?6.3 Final Comments
Copyright Date
2007
Topic
Public Health, Physiology, Psychopathology / Addiction
Dewey Decimal
616.861
Intended Audience
Scholarly & Professional
Dewey Edition
22
Illustrated
Yes
Genre
Psychology, Medical

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