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Moderate Drinking May Be Less Beneficial for Blacks

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THURSDAY, April 23, 2015 – Moderate drinking appears to offer greater health benefits to whites than to blacks, a new study suggests. Previous research found a link between moderate drinking and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and premature death, but the participants in those studies were mostly white. "Current dietary guidelines recommend moderate consumption for adult Americans who consume alcoholic beverages. Our study suggests that additional refinements based on race/ethnicity may be necessary," study author Chandra Jackson, a research associate at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, said in a Harvard news release. In this new study, the researchers analyzed data from more than 25,800 black adults and more than 126,300 white adults who took part in the National Health Interview Survey from 1997 to 2002. Follow-up lasted through 2006. Thirteen percent of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Too Much Alcohol Can Affect Muscle Mass

Posted 11 days ago by

-- If you're working out regularly and trying to bulk up, drinking too much alcohol may hinder your efforts. The American Council on Exercise says excessive drinking can: Cause muscles to weaken because of reduced blood flow. Affect hormone levels, particularly testosterone, which can lead to retaining fluids and fat. Affect the liver, resulting in low blood sugar, increased fat in the blood and fatty liver. Reduce oxygen supply to the brain, contributing to cell death. Read more

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Pot Plus Booze Doubles Odds for Drunk Driving, Study Says

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TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 – Drinkers who smoke marijuana as they imbibe are twice as likely to drive drunk compared with people who stick to alcohol alone, a new study reports. These "simultaneous" users are also three times more likely to face social troubles as a result of drinking and marijuana – drunken brawls, broken marriages, damaged relationships and ruined careers among them. "There are a lot of problems related to alcohol, and marijuana seems to potentially enhance the effects of alcohol in causing these problems," said study co-author William Kerr, associate director of the Alcohol Research Group. Many states have authorized medical marijuana use, and four – Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska – have legalized recreational pot. "If cannabis use becomes more prevalent as U.S. states and other countries continue to legalize it, then we need to be prepared to advise people ... Read more

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Boozing in Movies May Boost Teen Drinking

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MONDAY, April 13, 2015 – Seeing actors drink alcohol in movies seems to increase the likelihood that teens will drink and have alcohol-related problems, a new study suggests. The findings fit with a growing consensus of evidence that teens are more likely to engage in various risky behaviors that occur in the films and TV shows they watch, said study author Andrea Waylen, a senior lecturer in social sciences at the University of Bristol in England. But, this study doesn't prove that watching films with alcohol in them causes teens to drink, only that it's a possible factor. One expert pointed out another potential explanation for the findings. "Kids who are more likely to drink or are already drinking may seek out more films with drinking in them," said Dr. Victor Strasburger, an emeritus professor of pediatrics at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Yet, he added, a ... Read more

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Alcoholics Face Greater Death Risk When Hospitalized

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TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 – Hospital patients who are alcoholics have an increased risk of dying in the hospital, a new study finds. Researchers looked at about 12 years of data from more than 23,000 hospital patients with alcoholism and a "control group" of more than 233,000 hospital patients without the disorder. All of the patients were in various general hospitals in Manchester, England. One in five of the patients with alcoholism died while in the hospital, compared with one in 12 patients in the control group, according to the study. Additionally, the researchers found that, on average, those with alcoholism were likely to be about eight years younger when they died than people without a drinking problem. The study was published online recently in the journal European Psychiatry. The researchers pointed out that alcoholics are more likely to have liver, respiratory, nervous system, ... Read more

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Higher Alcohol Taxes May Lead to Fewer Drunk-Driving Deaths: Study

Posted 6 Apr 2015 by

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 – Higher alcohol taxes in Illinois are associated with a decrease in alcohol-related car crash deaths, a new study finds. "Similar alcohol tax increases implemented across the country could prevent thousands of deaths from car crashes each year," Alexander Wagenaar, a professor in the department of health outcomes and policy at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said in a university news release. "If policymakers are looking to address dangerous drivers on our roads and reduce the number of fatalities, they should reverse the trend of allowing inflation to erode alcohol taxes," he added. In Illinois, alcohol-related traffic deaths fell 26 percent after the state boosted alcohol taxes in 2009. The decrease was highest among young people, at 37 percent, the study found. Fatal crashes involving alcohol-impaired and extremely drunk drivers fell 22 percent and ... Read more

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Obesity, Smoking, Drinking, Depression: All Linked to Low Back Pain

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – People suffering from lower back pain who smoke, drink, are depressed or are obese may be able to ease their agony by making some lifestyle changes, a new study suggests. "If you have lower back pain that is not explained by a spinal problem but is more of a muscle pain, things like obesity, alcohol abuse, smoking and depression, factors that you can affect, can be contributing to it," explained lead researcher Dr. Scott Shemory, an orthopedic surgeon with Summa Health System in Akron, Ohio. Of all these risks, obesity is most obviously associated with back pain, he said. "It puts stress on all the joints and the lower back as well," he said. Also, smoking can decrease blood flow, which can also contribute to pain, he said. As for depression, it might contribute to the pain. On the other hand, lower back pain might contribute to depression, Shemory said. The ... Read more

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Could In-Car Breathalyzers Slash Rate of Booze-Linked Crashes?

Posted 19 Mar 2015 by

THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 – In-car breathalyzers automatically prevent ignition when they detect blood-alcohol levels that exceed legal limits. Now, new research suggests that if the devices were installed in every new U.S. car, deaths linked to drunk driving would plummet by 85 percent over a 15-year period. Installation of the "interlock" devices would also eliminate between 84 to 88 percent of nonfatal drunk driving accidents, the analysis determined. "This amounts to an estimated 59,000 lives saves and more than 1.25 million serious injuries prevented," said study lead author Dr. Patrick Carter, an assistant professor with the University of Michigan Injury Center in Ann Arbor. The study was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and published March 19 in the American Journal of Public Health. According to the researchers, over the last two decades ... Read more

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YouTube Videos of Drunkenness Don't Show Alcohol's Harms

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – YouTube videos of drunkenness are popular, but fail to show the harms of too much drinking, a new study finds. "There has been little research examining Internet-based, alcohol-related messaging," study author Dr. Brian Primack, director of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health, said in a university news release. "While we know that some viewers may be savvy enough to skeptically view music videos or advertisements portraying intoxication as fun, those same viewers may be less cynical when viewing user-generated YouTube videos portraying humorous and socially rewarding escapades of a group of intoxicated peers," he noted. In the study, the researchers used five terms – drunk, buzzed, hammered, tipsy and trashed – to search YouTube and found that the 70 most popular videos depicting drunken behavior had a total of ... Read more

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TV Alcohol Ads Tied to Problem Drinking for Teens, Study Finds

Posted 19 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 19, 2015 – A new study finds a link between the number of TV ads for alcohol a teen views, and their odds for problem drinking. Higher "familiarity" with booze ads "was associated with the subsequent onset of drinking across a range of outcomes of varying severity among adolescents and young adults," wrote a team led by Dr. Susanne Tanski of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Their work involved nearly 1,600 participants, aged 15 to 23, who were surveyed in 2011 and again in 2013. Alcohol ads on TV were seen by about 23 percent of those aged 15 to 17, nearly 23 percent of those aged 18 to 20, and nearly 26 percent of those aged 21 to 23, the study found. The study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect. However, the more receptive the teens were to alcohol ads on TV, the more likely they were to start drinking, or to progress from drinking ... Read more

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Many Americans Who Drink Also Take Prescription Medications: Study

Posted 16 Jan 2015 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 – A substantial number of Americans who drink also take medications that should not be mixed with alcohol, new government research suggests. The study, of nearly 27,000 U.S. adults, found that among current drinkers, about 43 percent were on prescription medications that interact with alcohol. Depending on the medication, that mix can cause side effects ranging from drowsiness and dehydration to depressed breathing and lowered heart rate. It's not clear how many people were drinking and taking their medications around the same time – or even on the same day, the researchers stressed. "But this does tell us how big the problem could potentially be," said study co-author Aaron White, a neuroscientist at the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He and his colleagues report the findings in the February online edition of the journal ... Read more

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Smoking May Make It Tougher to Quit Problem Drinking: Study

Posted 12 Dec 2014 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 12, 2014 – Smoking might hamper treatment for alcohol abuse, a new study indicates. "The data suggest that smoking is associated with difficulties in alcohol treatment. Tobacco smokers had shorter treatment durations and were less likely to have achieved their alcohol-related goals at discharge relative to their nonsmoking counterparts," study leader Kimberly Walitzer, deputy director and senior research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions at University at Buffalo, said in a university news release. "This should be a major concern for treatment providers, as the majority of people with alcohol disorders are, in fact, smokers," she added. Researchers examined data from more than 21,000 adults who sought alcohol abuse treatment at outpatient clinics in New York State. Compared with men, women who seek treatment for problem drinking are slightly more likely to ... Read more

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Many People Who Drink a Lot Aren't Alcoholics: CDC

Posted 20 Nov 2014 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 20, 2014 – Most people who drink to excess or binge drink are not alcoholics, a new U.S. government report says. In fact, 90 percent of those who drink too much aren't dependent on alcohol. But one in three adults drinks to excess, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "A lot of people mistakenly assume that people who drink too much are alcoholics," said study co-author Dr. Robert Brewer, the leader of CDC's alcohol program. "The surprising finding was that nine out of 10 people who drink too much do not meet the diagnostic criteria for alcoholism," he said. Brewer said that some excessive drinkers are "self-medicating." "But a lot of it is a reflection of the fact that we live in a society where people get a lot of mixed messages about drinking," he said. "A lot of people have been led to believe that drinking, and often drinking a large ... Read more

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Alcoholism Damages Brain's White Matter, Scans Show

Posted 18 Nov 2014 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 18, 2014 – Alcoholism damages white matter throughout the brain and this damage can be detected with brain scans, researchers report. Heavy drinking may be especially damaging to white matter in the frontal areas of the brain, which can interfere with the impulse control needed to stop drinking, according to the study. The findings were published in the December online issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. The researchers used high-resolution structural magnetic resonance scans to compare the brains of 20 light drinkers and 31 abstinent alcoholics who drank for an average of 25 years and had been sober for about five years. "There were two key findings to our study," Catherine Brawn Fortier, a neuropsychologist at the VA Boston Healthcare System and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said in a journal news release. "First, recovered ... Read more

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Civilian Life, Not Combat, May Drive Many Veterans to Drink

Posted 31 Jul 2014 by

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 – Difficulties in civilian life, rather than war experiences, are a source of drinking problems among U.S. National Guard soldiers back at home, a new study suggests. Setbacks such as job loss, divorce and financial problems – all common for returning vets – may make as many as 13 percent of vets turn to drink, researchers found. "Exposure to combat-related traumatic events has an important effect on mental health in the short term, but what defines long-term mental health problems among Guardsmen is having to deal with a lot of daily life difficulties that arise in the aftermath of deployment when soldiers come home," said lead researcher Magdalena Cerda, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. These difficulties don't just aggravate existing drinking problems; "they may lead to new ... Read more

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