Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Handbook of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Synopsis

This cutting-edge evaluation of the medical effects of the most abused drugs in America today describes the most current research on the acute and chronic effects of alcohol, stimulants, inhalants, marijuana and opiates on human organ systems and behaviour.

Excerpt

When I wrote the foreword to the first edition of the Medical Consequences of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, I stated that the information in the book would remain current “for many years to come.” Not satisfied with such currency, Dr. John Brick, editor, has chosen to update and expand upon the topics presented earlier, plus add a number of new and unique chapters. Thus, this edition has almost twice as many chapters as the first edition, with eight new ones and updated versions of the previous topics. To the editor’s credit, most of the original authors agreed to update and expand their chapters and he has recruited a number of additional expert scientists to write on specific critical issues of the day regarding medical issues associated with drug use and overuse.

In addition to the original chapters on alcohol pharmacology and toxicology, neuropsychological consequences of alcohol and drug abuse, and alcohol effects on the brain neurochemistry, a new chapter on the consequences of chronic alcohol consumption on brain structure and function has been added. This chapter, written by experienced researchers in the field, provides the latest information on the microstructure and macrostructure of the brain after chronic alcohol use, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies, how brain function changes are related to what is seen in MRIs, and longitudinal studies relating to recovery of function with abstinence.

Updated chapters from the first edition include important topics such as consequences of prenatal alcohol and other drug exposure (two chapters), health consequences of marijuana use, medical consequences of acute and chronic alcohol use, medical consequences of cocaine and other stimulant use and abuse, and consequences of inhalant abuse. These chapters have all been updated and remain significant sources of established and new information on topics mentioned previously. Of special importance, of course, is the information on stimulants, including cocaine, methamphetamine, and other stimulants that always seem to be in the news and are of interest because of their great dependence potential. I still find the chapter on mari-

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