Why does society accept a higher risk for alcohol than for other voluntary or involuntary risks?
BMC Medicine 2014, 12:189 (21 October 2014)
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Despite the known harms of excessive alcohol consumption, it is considered an acceptable risk; Jürgen Rehm et al. explore this issue, finding that alcohol’s special status may be due to overestimation of its health benefits when consumed in moderation.
An exploration of the dynamic longitudinal relationship between mental health and alcohol consumption: a prospective cohort study
BMC Medicine 2014, 12:91 (3 June 2014)
In a comparison of theoretical models, mental health influences changes in weekly alcohol consumption but not vice versa, indicating that interventions to target poor mental health may also help to reduce excessive alcohol consumption.
Alcohol intake, wine consumption and the development of depression: the PREDIMED study
BMC Medicine 2013, 11:192 (30 August 2013)
Moderate consumption of alcohol, specifically wine, is associated with lower incidence of depression in a Mediterranean population, suggesting that those who drink two to seven drinks per week may be less likely to be depressed in comparison to abstainers.
The cost-effectiveness of increasing alcohol taxes: a modelling study
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BMC Medicine 2008, 6:36 (28 November 2008)
By decreasing alcohol consumption, a chronic disease model predicts that alcohol taxation leads to health benefits and savings in healthcare costs, thereby serving as a cost-effective policy instrument.
The effect of acetaminophen (four grams a day for three consecutive days) on hepatic tests in alcoholic patients – a multicenter randomized study
BMC Medicine 2007, 5:13 (30 May 2007)
Despite hepatic failure being associated with the use of acetaminophen, newly abstinent alcoholics treated with the maximum recommended daily therapeutic dose do not have increased serum measures of liver injury.