Alcohol Related Diseases in Gastroenterology

  • Helmut Karl Seitz
  • Burkhard Kommerell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. E. Baraona
    Pages 65-95
  3. M. A. Rothschild, M. Oratz, S. S. Schreiber
    Pages 96-105
  4. M. Salaspuro, K. Lindros
    Pages 106-123
  5. E. G. Hahn, D. Schuppan
    Pages 124-153
  6. C. Sato, Y. Hasumura, J. Takeuchi
    Pages 172-184
  7. H. K. Seitz
    Pages 196-212
  8. M. O. Doss
    Pages 232-252
  9. J.-G. Joly, L. Duguay
    Pages 253-268
  10. F. Paronetto
    Pages 269-281
  11. C. L. Mendenhall, VA Cooperative Study on Alcoholic Hepatitis
    Pages 304-323
  12. D. H. Van Thiel, J. S. Gavaler
    Pages 324-341
  13. M. Wienbeck, W. Berges
    Pages 361-375
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 415-423

About this book


Alcohol abuse ranks among the most common and also the most severe environmental hazards to human health. Its significance is heightened by the possibility of prevention by elimination of the habit, however, rarely exerted. The incidence of deleterious effects on human health has relentlessly risen in the past years for a variety of factors. They include migration of populations and, particularly, increased urbanization. Thus, in some parts of the world, population groups previously spared have become involved, which is also re­ flected in the increasing number of breweries and distilleries in the developing countries. Social, religious, and gender-related barriers to alcohol consumption are loosening, and the financial improvement of some segments of populations now enable them to buy alcoholic beverages. Thus the greatest percentage rise in the United States has recently been in black women. Adolescents and young people drink more alcoholic beverages than ever, and growing alcohol abuse by pregnant women has let to an increase of the incidence of the fetal alcohol syndrome. While the social and behavioral, including psychiatric, consequences of alcoholism are staggering, the gastrointestinal and, particularly, hepatic manifestations are the most widespread somatic effects, and chronic hepatic disease in alcoholics appears to cause the greatest cost to society. Indeed, mortality from liver cirrhosis is considered a reliable index of alcohol consumption in a country.


Alkoholismus Popper alcoholism gastroenterology liver

Editors and affiliations

  • Helmut Karl Seitz
    • 1
  • Burkhard Kommerell
    • 1
  1. 1.Medizinische Universitätsklinik Heidelberg Innere Medizin IV (Gastroenterologie)Heidelberg 1Germany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-70050-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-70048-4
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