Book DetailAuthor/Editor(s): Ken Barrie, Angela Scriven
Publication Date: August 15, 2014
Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
Size: 1.05 MB
Book DescriptionAlcohol is the UK’s favourite psychoactive substance, and the production, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages is a major element of the UK economy. Alcohol use is central to most ethnic, social, and cultural groups in the UK. The impact of alcohol on health, morbidity and mortality and the social fabric (family, crime and employment) is significant both at an individual and a population level. As alcohol has become cheaper and more available, associated problems have increased. Globally, a large proportion of disease is attributed to alcohol consumption, and alcohol places a burden not only on the individual but also on society as a whole. It is a major public health challenge on a global scale.
This mini guide presents key themes relating to this challenge, including the means of measuring alcohol use and related problems, the most recent prevalence and trends, the health and social consequences, and causes of alcohol misuse, along with approaches to reduce alcohol problems at an individual and a population level.