Alcohol: It's History, Pharmacology and Treatment

Alcohol: It's History, Pharmacology and Treatment

Language: English

Pages: 260


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Throughout history, and across cultures, alcohol has affected the fabric of society through abuse and addiction, contributed to violence and accidents, and caused injuries and health issues. In Alcohol: Its History, Pharmacology, and Treatment, part of Hazelden's Library of Addictive Drugs Series, Cheryl Cherpitel, DrPH, and Mark Rose, MA, examine the nature and extent of alcohol use in the United States, current treatment models and demographics, and the biology of alcohol, addiction, and treatment.

In separating fact from fiction, Cherpitel and Rose give context for understanding the alcohol problem by tracing its history and different uses over time, then offer an in-depth look at

  • the latest scientific findings on alcohol's effects on individuals
  • the myths and realities of alcohol's impact on the mind
  • the societal impacts of alcohol abuse as a factor in violence and accidents
  • the pharmacology of pharmaceutical treatments for alcoholism
  • the history of treatment and current therapeutic treatment models

Thoroughly researched and highly readable, Alcohol offers a comprehensive understanding of medical, social, and political issues concerning this legal, yet potentially dangerous, drug.

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neurotransmitters, the receptors these neurotransmitters interact with, and various other molecules. Although these early changes are short-lived and are based on the initial effects of alcohol in the brain, repeated exposure of the brain to alcohol eventually creates longer-lasting changes in neuron and neurotransmitter function (Clapp, Bhave, and Hoffman 2008). Note: When a person drinks, changes occur in the activity of several neurotransmitters, which account for the short-term effects of

academic probation. Concluding that psychopharmacology was my best shot, I enrolled in a course taught by an unknown, entry-level instructor named George Koob, Ph.D. (now one of the top addiction scientists in the world). I became fascinated with learning about how therapeutic and recreational drugs acted on the brain to produce their effects, and I frequently visited with Dr. Koob. I took the final exam, entered treatment the next day, and got my “A.” I would sincerely like to thank Dr. Koob

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