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Alcohol: Science, Policy and Public Health

Peter Boyle, Paolo Boffetta, Albert B. Lowenfels, Harry Burns, Otis Brawley, Witold Zatonski, and Jürgen Rehm


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. This book provides an interdisciplinary source of information that links together the usually separate fields of science, policy, and public health. This 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 a ... More

Keywords: public health, disease, premature death, alcohol public policy, alcohol consumption, cancer, non-malignant disease, therapeutic aspects, poverty, alcohol control measures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199655786
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Boyle, editor
President, International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France

Paolo Boffetta, editor
Vice President for Research, International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France

Albert B. Lowenfels, editor
Professor of Surgery and Community and Preventive Medicine, New York Medical College, New York, USA

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Part I Framing the issues

Chapter 2 Key studies of alcohol and disease

Jürgen Rehm and Kevin D. Shield

Part II Alcohol: chemistry and biology

Chapter 8 Alcohol metabolism and genetic control

Philip J. Brooks and Samir Zakhari

Part III Patterns of consumption

Chapter 12 Tools for estimating alcohol consumption

Gerhard Gmel, Kevin D. Shield, and Jürgen Rehm

Chapter 13 A global overview of alcohol consumption patterns

Gerhard Gmel, Florian Labhart, Kevin D. Shield, Margaret Rylett, Dirk W. Lachenmeier, and Jürgen Rehm

Chapter 15 Unrecorded alcohol consumption

Dirk W. Lachenmeier, Gerhard Gmel, and Jürgen Rehm

Part IV Alcohol: gender and age-related issues

Chapter 16 Adolescent and teenage drinking

Ralph W. Hingson and Aaron M. White

Chapter 17 Gender and alcohol: consumption and consequences

Richard W. Wilsnack and Sharon C. Wilsnack

Chapter 18 Alcohol use in the elderly

Jennifer G. Plebani, David W. Oslin, and Adam B. Lipson

Part V Alcohol, injury, and violence

Chapter 19 Alcohol consumption and injury

Scott Macdonald, Alissa Greer, Jeffrey R. Brubacher, Cheryl Cherpitel, Tim Stockwell, and Corneilia Zeisser

Chapter 20 Alcohol and road traffic injury

James C. Fell and Robert B. Voas

Chapter 21 Alcohol and suicide

Alexander E. Crosby, Victoria Espitia-Hardeman, LaVonne Ortega, and Briana Lozano

Chapter 23 Alcohol and crime

Stephen K. Talpins, Robyn Robertson, Erin Holmes, and Matthew Dunagan

Part VI Alcohol and cancer

Chapter 25 Upper aerodigestive tumours: mouth, pharynx, larynx, and oesophagus

Mia Hashibe, Binh Y. Goldstein, Lin Cai, and Zuo-Feng Zhang

Chapter 29 Bladder and genitourinary tumours

Claudio Pelucchi and Carlotta Galeone

Part VII Alcohol and non-malignant disease

Chapter 30 Cardiac disease

William H. Frishman

Chapter 31 Vascular disease

Kenneth J. Mukamal

Chapter 33 Liver disease

Michael H. Miller, Frank Sullivan, and John F. Dillon

Chapter 35 Diabetes

Dolly Baliunas

Chapter 37 Infectious disease

Andriy V. Samokhvalov, Paul A. Shuper, and Jürgen Rehm

Part VIII Therapeutic aspects: current approaches

Chapter 39 Screening of high-risk drinkers

Amy O’Donnell and Eileen Kaner

Chapter 40 Brief intervention: does it work?

Eileen Kaner and Amy O’Donnell

Part IX Alcohol policy

Chapter 46 Alcohol control measures and traffic safety

Christine M. Wickens, Robert E. Mann, Gina Stoduto, Rosely Flam-Zalcman, and Jennifer Butters

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