Alcohol and Illness: The Epidemiological Viewpoint

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To what extent does drinking alcohol contribute to ill-health? How do the risks of illness relate to consumption levels? Are there any beneficial effects of alcohol on health? Are the observed relationships causal? Is there a consensus medical opinion on the issues? How satisfactory is the present state of knowledge and how much research remains to be done? Despite the widespread research interest in the association between alcohol and illness, questions such as these remain as relevant as ever. In this book, ...
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Overview

To what extent does drinking alcohol contribute to ill-health? How do the risks of illness relate to consumption levels? Are there any beneficial effects of alcohol on health? Are the observed relationships causal? Is there a consensus medical opinion on the issues? How satisfactory is the present state of knowledge and how much research remains to be done? Despite the widespread research interest in the association between alcohol and illness, questions such as these remain as relevant as ever. In this book, John Duffy brings together the latest findings of a broad range of epidemiologists and statisticians and provides a concise and unique presentation of current research and literature. The specially commissioned and technically sophisticated chapters include considerations of the extent to which alcohol may be responsible for cerebrovascular disease, liver and heart disease, reproductive damage, cancers and gastrointestinal conditions. Public health implications are considered and a description of statistical methods in epidemiology is included.
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Notes on the contributors
Foreword
1 The epidemiology of risk assessment 1
2 The measurement of alcohol consumption 19
3 Alcohol and all-cause mortality 26
4 Alcohol consumption and liver cirrhosis 36
5 Alcohol-drinking and mortality from diseases of circulation 44
6 Alcohol and cancer risk 64
7 Alcohol and damage to the foetus and reproductive system 128
8 Alcohol and non-malignant gastrointestinal disease 136
9 Conclusion - other aspects of alcohol and harm 145
Index 149
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