Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol-Related Problems in Germany

by Gerhard Bühringer, Rita Augustin, Eckardt Bergmann, Kim Bloomfield, Winfried Funk, Burckhard Junge, Ludwig Kraus, Christa Merfert-Diete, Hans-Jürgen Rumpf, Roland Simon, Jürgen Töppich

Print edition

Out of print

Product Description

In the current climate of growing concern about the public health consequences of alcohol consumption, the publication of Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol-Related Problems in Germany is particularly timely. The book provides up-to-date information on consumption patterns and the extent of negative effects associated with alcohol consumption in the German population. Estimates for the prevalence of abstinence, and of low-risk, hazardous, harmful, and high-risk consumption, are derived from epidemiological studies. Hazardous and harmful consumption is clearly associated with a number of psychological, social and health problems, and also has a significant economic impact on society as a whole. Based on information from routine statistics and surveys, the negative consequences associated with alcohol consumption such as dependence, suicide, violence, or traffic accidents are assessed, and methodological problems (such as standardizing alcohol contents) are discussed.In its final section the book contains suggestions about how to establish reasonable limits on consumption and how to communicate these to health professionals and the general public.This report on the negative effects of alcohol consumption may help stimulate discussion, both within Europe and beyond, on the implementation of appropriate measures to reduce abusive alcohol consumption and thus the extent of alcohol-related problems.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Background and objectives

1.1 Background
1.2 Objectives
1.3 Challenges in measuring alcohol-related problems
1.4 Terminology
1.5 Summary of the working group’s tasks
1.6 Contributions

2 Production and consumption statistics
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Data sources
2.3 Results
2.4 Re-calculation of national and international statistics
2.5 Recommendations for measurement and estimates
2.6 Recommendations for further research

3 Consumers and consumption levels in the general population
3.1 Methodological overview
3.2 Abstainers
3.3 Classifying consumers
3.4 Recommendations for measurement and estimates
3.5 Recommendations for further research

4 Alcohol-related consequences
4.1 Methodological overview
4.2 Overview of alcohol-related problems
4.3 Violence and criminal behaviour
4.4 Accidents
4.5 Mental disorders
4.6 Social consequences
4.7 Diseases within medical care facilities
4.8 Diseases in psychosocial care facilities
4.9 Occupational disability and invalidity
4.10 Dependence and abuse in the general population
4.11 Mortality
4.12 Economic consequences

5 Drinking guidelines
5.1 Overview
5.2 Drinking limits and guidelines for alcohol consumption from the mid-1960s to the present
5.3 Recommendation for future drinking guidelines
5.4 Communicating drinking guidelines in future preventive measures
5.5 Recommendations for further research

6 Summary and discussion
6.1 Methodological problems
6.2 Recommendations for guidelines and conventions
6.3 Findings on alcohol consumption in the population
6.4 Findings on the extent of alcohol-related problems
6.5 Summary of statistics on alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems
6.6 Drinking guidelines
6.7 Recommendations for further research
6.8 Conclusion

References • Appendices • List of Abbreviations • Index

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