This comprehensive handbook is a "one-stop-shop" for all researchers involved in the field of alcohol-related harm at the whole body or cellular level. Over 100 chapters provide abundant information of a wide range of topics that extend from the evolutionary aspects of alcohol consumption and the prevalence of alcohol misuse to programmed cell death. Each chapter is highly illustrated with tables and figures making this a valuable reference for students, clinicians and researchers alike.

Key Features

*Over 100 chapters conveniently divided into 3 sections *Represents a 'one-stop-shop' of information with suitable indexing of the various pathways and processes *Each chapter is highly illustrated with tables as well as figures


Researchers involved in the field of alcohol-related harm, institutions, libraries, PhD students, clinicians and pathologists.

Table of Contents

Contributors xiii Preface xxix Foreword xxxi Volume 1 Part I: General Aspects of Alcohol Toxicity, Consumption, and Disease 1 1. Evolutionary and Historical Aspects of Ethanol Ingestion 3 Robert Dudley 2. Alcohol Metabolism: General Aspects 15 Charles S. Lieber 3 Intake of Different Alcoholic Beverages and Life-style and Psychosocial Factors 27 John Barefoot and Morten Grønbæk 4. Genetic Aspects of Alcohol Metabolism: An Overview 31 Stephen J. Marshall and Geoff K. Chambers 5. Predictors of Alcohol Consumption 49 Kari Poikolainen 6. Binge Drinking: Patterns, Explanations, and Policy 59 Holly E. Ventura, Chris L. Gibson, J. Mitchell Miller and Alex R. Piquero 7. Breath and Blood Alcohol 75 Marion Pavlic and Petra Grubwieser 8. Effects of Food and Body Composition on Blood Alcohol Levels 87 Harold Kalant 9. Disposal of Ethanol Carbon Atoms 103 M-A. Cornier 10. Effect of Alcohol on Water and Sodium Homeostasis 111 Ramón Rodrigo and Gonzalo Rivera 11. Energy from Alcohol 121 Michael J. Haas 12. The Mediterranean Diet and the Contribution and Role of Alcohol 135 Maria Isabel Covas 13. The Role of Alcohol in Injury Deaths 147 Philippe Lunetta and Gordon S. Smith 14. Death from Alcohol Poisoning 165 James A. Crampton and Kathleen Berry 15. Alcohol and the Workplace 175 Valentino Patussi and Laura Mezzani 16. Alcohol Misuse in Adolescents: Epidemiology, Clinical Characteristics, Diagnosis, and Treatment 181 Dawn L. Thatcher and Duncan B. Clark 17. Alcohol Misuse in Adolescents: Individual


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About the authors

Ronald Ross Watson

Ronald R. Watson, Ph.D., attended the University of Idaho but graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a degree in chemistry in 1966. He earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Michigan State University in 1971. His postdoctoral schooling in nutrition and microbiology was completed at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he gained 2 years of postdoctoral research experience in immunology and nutrition. From 1973 to 1974 Dr. Watson was assistant professor of immunology and performed research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at the Indiana University Medical School from 1974 to 1978 and associate professor at Purdue University in the Department of Food and Nutrition from 1978 to 1982. In 1982 Dr. Watson joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the School of Medicine. He is currently professor of health promotion sciences in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health. Dr. Watson is a member of several national and international nutrition, immunology, cancer, and alcoholism research societies. Among his patents he has one on a dietary supplement; passion fruit peel extract with more pending. He continues to do research in animals and in clinical trials on dietary supplements and health including studies using omega-3 fatty acids in heart disease prevention and therapy. For 30 years he was funded by Wallace Research Foundation to study dietary supplements in health promotion. Dr. Watson has edited more than 110 books on nutrition, dietary supplements and over-the-counter agents, and drugs of abuse as scientific reference books. He has published more than 500 research and review articles.


" excellent addition to a reference library and to the field of addictionology. ...a great reference -- all you want to know in 2005 regarding alcohol and its medical consequences. ...I highly recommed it for researchers in the field and medical libraries." - DOODY'S (2005)