Ethanol and Health problems
Alcohol misuse is a major cause of health problems throughout the world (Lieber, 1995), since virtually all tissues in the body may be affected by heavy ethanol intake, the increased ethanol consumption per capital recorded in countries such as Finland can be expected to lead to an increased incidence of health problems.
Recent finished health surveys have indicated an increasing prevalence of alcohol abuse, especially among women and young adults (Aalto, et al., 1999).
Various ethanol – related diseases, including liver cirrhosis, pancreatitis and various forms of cancer are also significant causes of death in Finland.
Therefore there is an urgent need for research into the primary mechanism of alcohol – related diseases and for the development of new diagnostic tools to detect alcohol – induced health problems at an early stage.