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The biochemistry of alcohol toxicity


A dependency on alcohol causes life shattering addiction that leads to physical illness, severe malnutrition and demoralizing erosion of self esteem. The following discussion highlights some of the harmful effects of alcohol.

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Murty, B.R. The biochemistry of alcohol toxicity. Reson 9, 41–47 (2004).

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  • Alochol
  • metabolism
  • health