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Alcohol and Heart Disease
Edited by Ronald R. Watson and Adam K Myers
Alcohol and Heart disease, published by Talyor and Francis is a compilation of papers by specialists in the field, covering alcohol and hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke, platelet function and cardiovascular disease as well as much discussed confounders such as the role of lifestlye, patterns of drinking, tobacco use and interaction with medication and drugs.

The prefaces states ‘Of course, the consideration of alcohol use and abuse presents special problems. Human kind has had a complex relationship with alcohol from the beginning of recorded history. In most societies, some level of alcohol consumption is acceptable,and social and religious rites often incorporate drinking. That alcohol has both detrimental and beneficial effects has aways been appreciated. Along with some of the obvious negative effects of intoxication and chronic use, the preservative, antiseptic and anesthetic effects of alcohol have been known since ancient times.Effects of alcohol on the heart and cardiovascular system folow the same paradigm: its chronic abuse is clearly associated with negative effects, such as hypertension, heart failure, bleeding disorders, atrial fibrillation and stroke. At the same time .. recent large scale epidemiological studies demonstrate that used in moderation, it might protect against morbidity and mortality associated with coronary artery disease and perhaps thrombotic strokes’.

The resulting volume offers a detailed discussion and review of the most recent research concerning alcohol and the heart as well as related background material.

Alcohol and Heart Disease Edited by Ronald R. Watson and Adam K Myers. Publishrd by Taylor and Francis, 11 New Fetter Lane, London EC4P 4EE and 29, West 35th Street, New York, NY 1001. ISBN 0-415-27347-1

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