6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
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.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 3, 2011
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.