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By Alex Paton; Robin Touquet

ISBN-10: 0727918141

ISBN-13: 9780727918147

Even if medical professionals are quite often focused on the actual or mental difficulties of person drinkers, the broader social outcomes of alcohol misuse are only as very important. absolutely revised and up-to-date, this fourth version of the ABC of alcohol comprises new sections at the effect of alcohol on coincidence and Emergency departments and surgical perform in addition to the capability risks of the interplay of alcohol and felony and unlawful medications.

This sensible, good illustrated consultant is a perfect reference for common practitioners and all future health and social execs who take care of those that have alcohol difficulties

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28 … and take the brewery’s commendation with a pinch of salt Medical problems Much epidemiological evidence for a “protective” effect is based on studies of white, middle class, middle aged men, and alcohol is unlikely to be a universal panacea against coronary heart disease. Women and young drinkers, in whom heart disease is rare, are underrepresented, as are heavy drinkers who may be expected to die prematurely from alcohol related damage. The benefit seems to be in older men and postmenopausal women.

Moderate drinking decreases levels of fibrinogen and increases fibrinolytic activity. This has been postulated as a possible mechanism for the proposed protective effect of alcohol against coronary heart disease. People who misuse alcohol (drink more than eight units a day) have a threefold higher risk of postoperative morbidity than those who drink sensible amounts Cardiovascular physiology Alcohol misuse can cause myocardial damage and arrhythmia. One third of chronic drinkers are alleged to have a low ejection fraction because of cardiomyopathic changes.

Next in importance is the cardiovascular system, where hypertension and irregularities of cardiac rhythm are relatively frequent. Atrial fibrillation has been called “holiday heart” in the United States, because it occurs especially during weekend and holiday drinking among relatively naive drinkers. Ventricular arrhythmias are a likely cause of sudden death in intoxicated people. Alcohol can also precipitate heart muscle disease—cardiomyopathy—which used to be confined to men but is now being diagnosed increasingly in women.

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