By David B. Cooper
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That is the process by which people never stop learning to drink: constant adjustments to drinking styles take place. Theoretically, all eight styles in the dose/meaning matrix can occur, but obviously some are more common than others. Kilty4 explored some American drinking styles and used a cluster analysis of data from questionnaire-based interviews to analyse the answers. This involves looking at all the answers and noting which ones are identical or similar to each other - which seem to belong together - to form a cluster.
Most heavy drinkers have deposits of fat in the liver cells (fatty liver) because of difficulty in disposing of fatty acids. This is not thought to be a precursor of cirrhosis, and disappears with abstinence. Occasionally alcohol causes hepatitis, inflammation of the liver with jaundice (more common in women), which may progress to cirrhosis. Less than one in 10 persistent drinkers develops cirrhosis, in which the liver becomes progressively scarred by fibrous tissue which replaces liver cells.
33). The way in which the immune system defends the body against foreign substances is extremely complex. The first line of defence are the T lymphocytes (white blood cells) which recognise and attempt to destroy the foreign invader (cell-mediated immunity); at the same time they activate B lymphocytes to begin producing specific antibodies against the invader (humoral immunity). Recent work suggests that alcohol, beginning at four standard drinks a day, not only suppresses production and therefore numbers of circulating T lymphocytes, but also alters the ability of the immune system to protect the body.
Alcohol Use by David B. Cooper