The Science of Drinking: How Alcohol Affects Your Body and Mind

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Apr 16, 2011 - Health & Fitness - 280 pages
Scientific research has clearly established that drinking in moderation has many health benefits, including maintaining a healthy heart. Yet, many people do not know that drinking red wine protects the heart more than white wine, while beer, margaritas, and hard liquor are less effective in providing such protection. And while alcoholism is a serious problem requiring medical and psychological treatment, for those who are not addicted, drinking alcohol is not necessarily a bad habit. The problem is to distinguish between drinking sensibly and drinking insensibly. Dasgupta clearly outlines what constitutes healthy drinking and its attendant health benefits, offers advice on how to drink responsibly, and provides insight into just how alcohol works on the brain and the body. After reading this book, readers will enjoy their next drink with a fuller and safer understanding of why they're enjoying it.
 

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Contents

Past and Present
1
A Guide to Drinking Sensibly and Avoiding a DWI
15
Chapter 3 How Alcohol Affects the Human Mind
37
Chapter 4 Health Benefits of Moderate Alcohol Consumption
55
Chapter 5 Harmful Effects of Chronic Alcohol Consumption
77
Breath Analyzer versus Blood Alcohol
101
Chapter 7 Biomarkers of Alcohol Abuse
129
A Potentially Deadly Mix
153
When Not to Drink at All
173
Chapter 10 Why Not to Drink at All When Youre Pregnant
191
Chapter 11 Dangers of Moonshine Whiskey and Related Illegally Produced Liquors
207
Methanol and Ethylene Glycol
221
Index
249
About the Author
265
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Amitava Dasgupta, Ph.D, DABCC, FACB, is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. He is also the Director of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratory of Memorial-Hermann Laboratory Services, the major clinical teaching hospital of the University of Texas. In addition, he is the Medical Director of Memorial-TIRR Hospital laboratory services. He has published over 175 scientific papers, two books on drugs of abuse, one book on herbal medicine, and has edited three professional reference books. He is on the Editorial Board of five major medical journals including American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, and others. He lectures both nationally and internationally on drug and alcohol testing and acts as an expert witness for the State of Texas for alcohol and drug related criminal prosecutions.

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