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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




Part I Framing the issues

Part II Alcohol: chemistry and biology

Part III Patterns of consumption

Part IV Alcohol: gender and age-related issues

Part V Alcohol, injury, and violence

Part VI Alcohol and cancer

Part VII Alcohol and non-malignant disease

Part VIII Therapeutic aspects: current approaches

Part IX Alcohol policy

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