Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health

Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health

March 8, 2013

Alcohol: Science, Policy and Public Health

Alcohol: Science, Policy and Public Health

Oxford University Press has just published the milestone book: ‘Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health’. This is the second in the series following ‘Tobacco: Science, Policy and Public Health’, now in its second edition.

The publication brings together scientific knowledge and public health policy in order to address the increasing important issues of alcohol use and abuse. It was written and edited by distinguished experts in alcohol policy from around the world, providing a global perspective on the public health issue. All major areas in alcohol use and addiction are covered including: historical/sociocultural issues, biological aspects related to alcohol, consumption, the global epidemiology of addiction, and sociodemographic determinants.

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. Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health  provides an interdisciplinary source of information that links together, the usually separate fields of, science, policy, and public health. This comprehensive volume highlights the importance of bringing scientific knowledge to bear in order to strengthen and develop alcohol public policy.

Alcohol: Science, Policy, and Public Health  looks at the historical evolution of alcohol consumption in society, key early studies of alcohol and disease, and the cultural and social aspects of alcohol consumption. It then goes on to cover the chemistry and biology of alcohol, patterns of consumption, gender and age-related issues, alcohol and injury, alcohol and cancer and non-malignant disease, and various current therapeutic aspects. The book concludes with a section on alcohol policy, looking at issues of poverty, the availability of alcohol and alcohol control measures.

This major reference, written by international leaders in the fields of alcoholism and alcohol policy, provides a comprehensive study of one of the foremost health problems in the world, and represents the highest standards of research within the field.

It will be valuable to physicians and health professionals involved with patients with alcohol-related problems, scientists, public health specialists, health policy specialists, researchers and legislators as well as students of public health.

The lead editor was Peter Boyle of International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France, together with Paolo Boffetta also of iPRI, Albert B. Lowenfels , New York Medical College, USA, Harry Burns , Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates, Edinburgh, UK, Otis Brawley , Emory University, Atlanta, USA, Witold Zatonski , Marie Skodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Centre, Warsaw, Poland, and Jürgen Rehm , Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Population Health Research Group, Toronto, Canada.


The book is available at

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