Salud Mental

Translating Health Evidence: What do we do about alcohol?


María Elena Medina-Mora Icaza


The first five articles in this issue of SALUD MENTAL tackle the important issue of alcohol abuse; in these articles, readers will be given a tour of neurodegeneration due to chronic exposure to alcohol, cravings or the intense desire to drink, and how to confront it; the obstacle-strewn path to help for those who become sick, and the search for opportunities to help Alcoholics Anonymous groups. All of these papers tell of the vicissitudes that must be overcome in order to rehabilitate those who have become dependent; they tell of the paths to recovery from a disorder that is responsible for an important proportion of the global burden of illness.