Alcoholism

  • Gerald M. Cross
  • Kenneth J. Hoffman

Abstract

Alcohol is America’s foremost drug of abuse. More people drink alcohol than smoke cigarettes. Like tobacco, alcohol has a dramatic impact on America’s health. An estimated 105,000 deaths annually are alcohol-related. Even though per capita alcohol consumption declined during the decade of the 1980s, by 1995 it is estimated 11.2 million Americans will show evidence of alcohol dependence (Table 60.1) and another 7.2 million will show evidence of alcohol abuse.1 These problem drinkers will experience more injuries and illness than the rest of the population. Their medical care will cost up to three times more than that of the general population.2

Keywords

Alcohol Withdrawal Blood Alcohol Concentration Alcoholic Hepatitis Thiamine Deficiency Fetal Alcohol Syndrome 
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  • Gerald M. Cross
  • Kenneth J. Hoffman

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