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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Easton, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a review and update of recent advances regarding the neurobiological effects of alcohol.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine the cellular effects of alcohol that are responsible for mediating behaviors leading to its abuse.
Audience: The book is written for individuals interested in the central nervous system effects of habit-forming substances on a cellular level. It is also intended for individuals involved in the pharmacological treatment of addictive disorders as well as those trying to obtain a better understanding of the biological underpinnings of these disorders.
Features: The book has limited illustrations, tables, and charts, but those present are useful. It is well referenced, and the editors and authors are experts in their particular areas.
Assessment: This is a highly specialized and technical publication looking at the neurobiological consequences of alcohol related to its reinforcing, addictive, and toxic properties. It begins by reviewing the molecular, cellular, and receptor effects of alcohol. It builds on this information by reviewing how these phenomena lead to behavioral effects (in animals). It finishes by looking at the toxic effects of alcohol on the central nervous system. This is an excellent reference for those interested in newer insights into alcohol's neurochemical effects leading to its abuse and toxicity.