- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Board & Bench Pub (July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1891267477
- ISBN-13: 978-1891267475
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,984,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Science of Healthy Drinking Hardcover – July, 2003
A well-constructed publication for the vast majority of people who enjoy the health and social benefits of drinking. -- Morris E. Chafetz, M.D., Director, National Institue on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Gene Ford shatters the all-American dichotomy which favors labeling substances either "good" or "bad"--it depends how it's used. -- Elizabeth M. Whelan, Ph.D., President, American Council on Science and Health
Smart, energetic, penetrating, productively and refreshingly brash. -- The Wine News, Harvey Finkel, M.D.
The author's integrity and the extensive documentation make this the most authoritative book on drinking and health in print. -- Wine East, Hudson Cattell
The most information on these issues between the covers of a single book. Maybe IT will make a difference. -- Wine Spectator, Harvey Steiman
This book should be read by health policy advocates, the general public, and by physicians. -- Alfred A. de Lorimier, M.D., Prof. Surgery, University of California Medical School
This volume is indispensable for both the practicing physician and any individual seeking information on personal health. -- David J. Hansen, Ph.D., Sociologist, author of PREVENTING ALCOHOL ABUSE
From the Inside Flap
The Science of Healthy Drinking provides unique insights into the epidemiology of responsible drinking. It explores the positive findings found in hundreds of peer-reviewed studies conducted in the United States and in many other nations. From this vast accumulation, Ford concludes that Americans are being systematically deprived of information needed to make informed choices concerning alcohol use.
Ford shows how antipathy to drinking became the standard in medicine when the American Medical Association passed a resolution on June 6, 1917 which included these phrases: alcohol as a beverage is detrimental to the human economy... ora sa stimulant or as a food has no scentific basis... the use of alcohol as a terapeutic agent should be discouraged.
In his fourth book about this scientific impasse, Ford offers a novel resolution. He challenges America's practicing physicians and parents- the individuals most responsible for health care deliver- to evaluate the data and to throw off our lingering Temerance yoke.
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I will admit I haven't finished reading this yet, but so far it is plainly evident that:
Ford does an excellent job of addressing a lot of different issues and has no fear of citing studies that agree and that disagree with him. He takes the time to explain some or the reasons for the variations in the studies.
His work is replete with data and quotes from peer-reviewed journal articles, all fully referenced for those that want to take their research to the next level.
He may have a bias, but he is intellectually honest in his approach and he does not let his bias affect his work...that is other than the fact that this book is examining the health benefits of moderate alcohol drinking and is not focused on examining the risks of alcohol abuse (although they are addressed regularly).
The chapters are short and well-focused, each addressing one particular aspect of healthy living on which alcohol has an impact.
The writing is not simplistic (it is after all dealing heavily with peer-reviewed articles), but it should be readily accessible to readers who are accustomed to academic works.
I highly recommend this to anybody who wants a good starting point for looking at the positive side of moderate alcohol consumption.