by Ann M. Manzardo, Elizabeth Penick, Jan L. Campbell, Elizabeth C. Penick, Donald W. Goodwin, William F., Jr. Gabrielli
Part of the The Facts series
The third edition of this successful Facts title was authored by the late Dr Donald W.
Goodwin, who wrote with a unique and engaging style defining alcoholism in very human terms.
Although much of Dr Goodwin's assessments of alcoholism still hold true today, a great deal of progress has been made in the quest to better understand the underlying causes of the disease.
This fourth edition, written by a group of Dr Goodwin's former colleagues, whilst retaining much of Dr Goodwin's original material, offering his unique perspective on alcoholism.
The new edition includes updated information about the effects of alcohol consumption on the body, a new section on the particular sensitivity of women to the effects of drinking, and information and advice relating to the consequences of alcohol abuse for the abusers, their families and society.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 176 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 03/07/2008
- Category: Popular medicine & health
- ISBN: 9780199231393
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Review by P_S_Patrick
At around 150 pages, "Alcoholism: The Facts" is a nice introduction to the various aspects of alcoholism. There are 18 chapters which deal with various topics such as the effect of alcohol on the body, the symptoms and causes of alcohol abuse, risk factors, the consequences, and various manners of treatment. The book is written by various doctors with professional experience of the disease, and is suitable for the general reader. It is entertaining in places, with jokes, and a fairly informal style. Discussion is well balanced, with several sides being presented for the various topics, along with the facts, which allow the reader to make their own mind up to some extent.People who want to read this book will range from those who are interested in medicine, those who suspect someone they know of alcoholism, those who are worried about their own drinking habits, and those who are alcoholics. I personally was re-assured by reading this book that I am not drinking a particularly dangerous amount, but was also made aware of several negative effects of alcohol, about which I didn't previously know. If I had read this book before starting university then I suspect that my drinking habits would have been different than they are now.