Alcohol Misuse: A European Perspective

Alcohol Misuse: A European Perspective

Alcohol Misuse: A European Perspective

Alcohol Misuse: A European Perspective

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The risk analysis of alcohol usage is a complex topic involving economic, philosophical, political and toxicological issues. It is therefore essential to review objectively the various degrees of tissue damage consequent upon chronic alcohol misuse. At a time when various arms of the liquor industry, often disguised as Trusts, Groups, Councils and Associations, are attempting to play down these damaging effects and promote the “Beneficial Medical Effects” of usage, independent evaluation of the clinical consequences of chronic ethanol toxicity is vital. This monograph is the result of a peer-reviewing discussion group assessing a series of reports by acknowledged experts in the field of alcohol misuse. These reports have subsequently been revised and form the basis of individual chapters in this monograph.

In preparing the reports, assembling the peer-reviewing group and the preparation and publications of the final chapters the single and sole support of the European Commission is gratefully acknowledged. The concluding summary and proposed Action Plan outlines research directions necessary to investigate further the pathogenesis of tissue damage due to both 'normal' and excessive alcohol usage. Particular reference is made to both the well-known and little-known areas of toxicity, highlighting especially neglected areas of research. In addition, psycho-social problems particularly relevant to European countries are considered.

In the preparation of the monograph the wise, unstinting and invaluable guidance of Griffith Edwards, the expert administrative and secretarial skills of Rosamund Greensted and Jacqui De Groote and the help and advice of Harwood Academic Publishers are gratefully acknowledged.

Professor T.J. Peters . . .

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