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Handbook of Alcoholism

1st Edition

Edited by Gerald Zernig, Alois Saria, Martin Kurz, Stephanie O'Malley

CRC Press

520 pages

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While the war on drugs continues to attract world attention, it is often overlooked that alcoholism remains a major worldwide health concern. No matter what your expertise, the CRC Handbook of Alcoholism can help you acquire the necessary skills to treat problem drinkers and alcohol-dependent patients.

In three sections - Patient Care, Research, and Useful Data and Definitions - this comprehensive handbook not only addresses the underlying psychological problems of alcoholism, but helps you to better diagnose and treat the nonpsychiatric medical disorders caused by the disease.


"There is no comparable guide to the merits of different cognitive tests, which remains a gap in many texts concerned with alcohol-related problems. This book will find a very valuable place in the library of hospitals and clinics that work with individuals who have drinking problems. It is perhaps most useful for the information it contains about the biological and clinical aspects of alcohol and its advice about pharmacological therapies. In this respect, it deserves to be widely available as a source for reference and guidance."

Alcohol and Alcoholism

"This thorough and current book is well laid out and easy to read. Its use of quick-reference tables on the inside covers and the useful data and definitions section present pertinent information in a readily accessible manner important to busy primary care physicians"

-Doody Publishing

"…this is a most useful monograph for the practical information that it contains and for its summary of the main areas of research. This monograph will be a useful reference source for all hospital and academic libraries."

-Human Psychopharmacology and Clinical Exp, 2001; 16:429-432

Table of Contents

Unassisted Emergency Management of Acute Alcohol Intoxication


Screening and Diagnosis

First Contact and Early Intervention

Natural History

Laboratory Parameters

Psychometric Screening Instruments

Acute Treatment

Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome

Alcohol-Induced Psychotic Disorders

Treatment of Alcohol Abuse and Dependence

Overview and Outlook



Adolescent Patients

Geriatric Patients


Primary Care Setting

Treatment of Non-Psychiatric Alcohol-Related Disorders

Nervous System


Gastrointestinal System and Pancreas

Cardiovascular System

Kidney and Electrolyte Disturbances

Immune System

Endocrine Disorders

Vitamin Deficiencies, Zinc Deficiency, and Anaphylactic Reactions


Alcohol Embryopathy





Pathogenesis of Alcoholic Liver Disease

Harmful Alcohol Consumption

Psychometric Instruments to Evaluate Outcome in Alcoholism Treatment

Meta-Analysis of Pharmacotherapeutic Trials

Calculating a Meta-Analysis on Your Own

Patient-to-Treatment Matching

Molecular Pharmacology and Neuroanatomy

Behavioral Pharmacology

Controversial Research Areas


Physicochemical Properties of Ethanol

How to Calculate Maximum Blood Alcohol Levels After A Drinking Event

Basic Pharmacokinetics of Ethanol

Drug Interactions With Alcohol

Definitions of a "Standard Drink"

Harmful Alcohol Consumption

DSM-IV and ICD-10 Definitions of Alcohol

Alphabetical List of Psychometric Instruments Including Validated Translations

Useful (Internet) Addresses

Abbreviations Used

Alcohol of Common Drinks and Unit Conversion Table

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Neurology
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General