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This book should be required reading for everyone who drinks alcohol, especially the young. It can literally save lives. (Jeff Cox, Contributing Editor of The Wine News and author of The Organic Cook's Bible)

In this thoroughly documented tome, toxicologist Dasgupta covers everything you ever wanted to know about alcohol―and more. Alcoholics’ brains get lighter. About half of U.S. adults drink regularly, and one in five always abstain. Women should consume no more than one drink a day, and men no more than two. Alcohol increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. And some energy drinks contain low levels of alcohol. A helpful, scary chart shows the many common medications―from Prozac to Robitussin―that can interact poorly with alcohol....Overall, it’s a definitive guide that should be available to everyone, including those who want to understand the science behind a friend’s or relative’s substance abuse. And that’s a lot of people: Dasgupta notes that 30.4 percent of U.S. adults consume more than two drinks a day. Anyone who reads this book won’t want to be among them. (Booklist)

About the Author

Amitava Dasgupta, Ph.D, DABCC, FACB, is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. He is also the Director of Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Laboratory of Memorial-Hermann Laboratory Services, the major clinical teaching hospital of the University of Texas. In addition, he is the Medical Director of Memorial-TIRR Hospital laboratory services. He has published over 175 scientific papers, two books on drugs of abuse, one book on herbal medicine, and has edited three professional reference books. He is on the Editorial Board of five major medical journals including American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, and others. He lectures both nationally and internationally on drug and alcohol testing and acts as an expert witness for the State of Texas for alcohol and drug related criminal prosecutions.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; Reprint edition (December 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442204109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442204102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amitava Dasgupta was born in Calcutta, India in 1958 and immigrated to U.S in 1980. He received his Ph.D from Stanford University and Fellowship training in Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology from the University of Washington at Seattle. Currently, he is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University of Texas Medical School at Houston. His research interest is in the field of drug-drug interaction, alcohol and drugs of abuse testing as well as efficacy and toxicity of herbal supplements using in vitro cellular model or animal model. He has published 182 scientific articles in many medical journals and is a member of the editorial board of five international journals including American Joural of Clinical Pathology, Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Journal.

Although Dr. Dasgupta is a toxicologist by profession, his passion is writing poetry especially haiku. His poems and haiku have appeared in many magazines including Modern Haiku and Frogpond. He lives in Houston with his wife and two cats.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller on December 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was blown away by the amount of research put into this book. I read nearly all of it (skipped the part on pregnancy). It has significantly impacted the way I relate to alcohol. The author includes research both on the serious negatives of heavy drinking, as well as the many proven health benefits of moderate drinking. One drink a day seems to be beneficial for non-recovering-alcoholics. Looking at the author's bio makes me realize what an expert he is in this field. I'd highly recommend this to everyone, yet especially to the teenager who has begun experimenting with alcohol and binge drinking.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Kepler on September 3, 2011
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In many ways a practical guide that can be used as part of a public education in the use of alcohol and to a lesser extent illicit substances. Book is replete with statistics on the immediate and long lasting uses of alcohol, some as noted beneficial if used in moderation, and immensely destructive if abused. How much alcohol provides health benefits and how much harm? According to the book, even 2-3 drinks per week can have measurable beneficial effects, especially for the heart. The recommendations will have to be scrutinized based on individual tolerance, tastes, and possibly family history. For example, an alcoholic should not use alcohol at all, because of the high potential of personal harm. Or if another does not enjoy or like the taste of alcohol should not bother to initiate drinking, for there are other compensating behaviors such as regular exercise and a healthy diet that are surely beneficial to overall health. The author provides advice and tips with regard to testing for alcohol and drugs in the workplace. For me, luckily, alcohol is used only in moderation or rarely. The insight and parameters offered by the author shows that subjecting drinking to a scientific analysis can help to bolster the virtue of moderation, and in what circumstances both the abuse and dependency on alcohol has no place for the individual and society at large.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Henson on July 8, 2013
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I really like this book. It is filled with statistics and is extremely interesting if you like reading about subjects such as this one. It is well written and very informative.
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