Drink?: The New Science of Alcohol and Health

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Drink?: The New Science of Alcohol and Health

Drink?: The New Science of Alcohol and Health

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showed that people drank lager 60 percent more slowly out of straight glasses than out of outward-curving (pilsner type) ones. He was dismissed from this role, as the Government didn’t like his considered scientific advice on harm reduction. Nutt's good on the health issues of alcohol, including more details on cancer than I had known before.

Nutt's witty and engaging writing style makes even the most complex scientific findings accessible and downright entertaining. The tone is not preachy or didactic, but is simply the reflection of a highly qualified scientist presenting his findings. The current understanding is that addiction is not “in your genes” as such, but the propensity to become addicted is. Also felt like lacking something, for example how alcohol destroys the gut bacteria and the intestines, how high blood pressure puts pressure on all intestines and how alcohol lowers testosterone etc. He addresses topics such as hormones, mental health, fertility, and addiction, explaining how alcohol travels through our bodies and brains, what happens at each stage of inebriation, and how it effects us even after it leaves our systems.Abstention may be the best strategy, however, for drinkers who are alcohol dependent, who have certain other health problems, or are pregnant. An estimated 40% of heroin users become addicted to it – for alcohol the rate is between 10% and 15%. At the same time, mixed messages about alcohol have left many believing that moderate drinking offers us health benefits.

Mailer the book is great for information about the dangers of alcohol, I find it slightly odd that he owns a wine bar. However, I was more impressed, and less confused, by the self-help section, so I'm glad I persevered.Not recommending "secular" alternatives to AA, like Lifering Secular Recovery or SMART Recovery, both of which are in the UK as well as the US — and both of which, unlike AA — totally support the use of medications like naltrexone, is DEFINITELY not good.

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