5. Epidemiology of Alcohol Abuse: Extent and Nature of the Problem

Alcohol Consumption, Alcohol-Use Disorders and Global Burden of Disease

  1. Hamid Ghodse5,
  2. Helen Herrman6,
  3. Mario Maj7 and
  4. Norman Sartorius8
  1. Jayadeep Patra1,2,
  2. Andriy V. Samokhvalov1,3 and
  3. Jürgen Rehm1,2,3,4

Published Online: 18 MAR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch10

Substance Abuse Disorders

Substance Abuse Disorders

How to Cite

Patra, J., Samokhvalov, A. V. and Rehm, J. (2009) Epidemiology of Alcohol Abuse: Extent and Nature of the Problem, in Substance Abuse Disorders (eds H. Ghodse, H. Herrman, M. Maj and N. Sartorius), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470975084.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 5

    International Centre for Drug Policy, St George's University of London, London, UK

  2. 6

    Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 7

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Naples SUN, Naples, Italy

  4. 8

    Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes, Geneva, Switzerland

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  2. 2

    Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  3. 3

    Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

  4. 4

    4Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 MAR 2011
  2. Published Print: 18 MAR 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470745106

Online ISBN: 9780470975084



  • alcohol, epidemiology of alcohol abuse - extent and nature of problems;
  • alcohol, accountable for high levels - of mortality, morbidity and social problems;
  • contribution of alcohol to global burden of disease - effects of alcohol consumption, and behavioural consequences of drinking;
  • direct CNS effects of alcohol - depending on alcohol concentration in blood (BAC);
  • alcoholic liver cirrhosis, known as - a last stage of alcoholic liver disease continuum;
  • chronic pancreatitis in alcoholics - of repetitive acute inflammations of pancreas;
  • foetal alcohol syndrome, consequence of alcohol ingestion - by pregnant woman, affecting the foetus;
  • disease and injury conditions - alcohol a contributory cause;
  • alcohol exposure to disease and injury outcomes;
  • global patterns of drinking and burden of disease


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Methods

  • Results

  • Discussion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References