Clinical Neuropsychology of Alcoholism

By Robert G Kinght, Barry E. Longmore

© 1996 – Psychology Press

456 pages

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About the Book

Alcohol abuse is a major health problem in most parts of the world. This book focuses on the way in which alcohol affects the brain, with the aim of describing advances in the neuropsychology of alcoholism in a way that makes this work accessible to clinicians from a variety of backgrounds who treat people with alcohol-related problems.; The book is divided into four parts. Part One provides an introduction to the medical and neurological conditions that can result from alcoholism, and to the process of neuropsychological assessment. The problems involved in conducting research in this area are also considered. In Part Two, research that focuses directly on changes to the nervous system is surveyed. This includes studies of both the short-term and the chronic neurological changes in the brain caused by alcohol. In Part Three, studies of the neuropsychological effects of acute intoxication, social drinking and alcohol abuse are described. Finally, in Part Four, the implications of neuropsychological research for the assessment and management of patients with alcohol problems are considered.

The objective of this book is to collate the range of research work that is relevant to understanding how alcohol affects the brain. This includes both the acute and the chronic effects, at both the biological and physiological levels.

Reviews

Introduction. Part I: Diagnostic and Measurement Issues. Adverse Effects of Alcohol Consumption. Assessment of Cognition and Drinking Practices. Part II: Alcohol and the Nervous System. Neuroradiological Studies. Neuropathological Research. Neurophysiological Research. Part III: Neuropsychological Research. Alcohol Intoxication. Cognition in Social Drinkers. Cognitive Impairment in Alcoholics. Neuropsychology of the Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. Part IV: Implications for Practice. Implications for the Treatment of Alcoholic Patients. Rehabilitation of Patients with Alcohol-related Cognitive Impairment. Concluding Comments. References. Glossary. Author Index. Subject Index.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Diagnostic and Measurement Issues. Adverse Effects of Alcohol Consumption. Assessment of Cognition and Drinking Practices. Part II: Alcohol and the Nervous System. Neuroradiological Studies. Neuropathological Research. Neurophysiological Research. Part III: Neuropsychological Research. Alcohol Intoxication. Cognition in Social Drinkers. Cognitive Impairment in Alcoholics. Neuropsychology of the Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome. Part IV: Implications for Practice. Implications for the Treatment of Alcoholic Patients. Rehabilitation of Patients with Alcohol-related Cognitive Impairment. Concluding Comments. References. Glossary. Author Index. Subject Index.

About the Series

Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

From being an area primarily on the periphery of mainstream behavioural and cognitive science, neuropsychology has developed in recent years into an area of central concern for a range of disciplines.

We are witnessing not only a revolution in the way in which brain-behaviour-cognition relationships are viewed, but also a widening of interest concerning developments in neuropsychology on the part of a range of workers in a variety of fields.

Major advances in brain-imaging techniques and the cognitive modelling of the impairments following brain injury promise a wider understanding of the nature of the representation of cognition and behaviour in the damaged and undamaged brain.

Neuropsychology is now centrally important for those working with brain-damaged people, but the very rate of expansion in the area makes it difficult to keep with findings from the current research.

The aim of the Brain, Behaviour and Cognition series is to publish a wide range of books that present comprehensive and up-to-date overviews of current developments in specific areas of interest.

These books will be of particular interest to those working with the brain-damaged. It is the editors' intention that undergraduates, postgraduates, clinicians and researchers in psychology, speech pathology, and medicine will find this series a useful source of information on important current developments.

The authors and editors of the books in the series are experts in their respective fields, working at the forefront of contemporary research. They have produced texts that are accessible and scholarly. We thank them for their contribution and their hard work in fulfilling the aims of the series.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSY020000
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology