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Alcohol dependence: a treatable brain disease with serious health consequences

Professor David Nutt, Imperial College, London, UK

  • Interaction of different factors, and scope for intervention

    PART 3 of presentation Alcohol dependence: a treatable brain disease with serious health consequences

    The spectrum of alcohol problems is determined by a combination of environmental factors, the amount of alcohol consumption and genetic vulnerabilities. Alcohol-use related functional and structural changes in the brain offer the potential for targeted treatment options.

  • The most harmful drug in Europe

    PART 2 of presentation Alcohol dependence: a treatable brain disease with serious health consequences

    The myth of health benefits of alcohol dispelled - in young people under the age of 45 there is a massive, disproportionate burden of harm from alcohol in comparison with any health benefits. This presentation also clearly exposes the widespread use of alcohol as number one in terms of overall harm.

  • Burden in terms of increasing mortality rates

    PART 1 of presentation Alcohol dependence: a treatable brain disease with serious health consequences

    Among other chilling statistics presented, the number of premature deaths attributable to alcohol per year is at least 3 million, making it one of the leading causes of premature deaths in the world today.

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