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Does TV Influence Which Alcohol Teens Favor?

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MONDAY, May 2, 2016 – The more teens see alcohol brands on TV shows, the greater the chances they'll choose those brands, a new study finds. Researchers looked at alcohol product placement on 10 popular TV shows. They found an average of two placements per episode. Some shows had more than 13 alcohol brand placements per episode, the study noted. "Given the significant health implications of underage drinking, the Federal Trade Commission needs to place more emphasis on monitoring and limiting alcohol brand placement of alcohol in media," study author Joy Gabrielli said in an American Academy of Pediatrics news release. Gabrielli is a clinical child psychologist at Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Placements featured a number of brands. Budweiser was the most frequent at 12 percent. Heineken appeared in 7 percent of placements, while Dos Equis was in 6 percent ... Read more

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Jello Shots While Underage, Bigger Booze Problems Later?

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FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – Many underage Americans down jello shots, and these young drinkers are more likely to binge drink, drink heavily and get into alcohol-fueled fights, researchers say. The Boston University researchers surveyed more than 1,000 alcohol users, aged 13 to 20, and found that just over 20 percent had consumed jello shots in the past 30 days. Rates were slightly higher among females than males, and higher among those from homes with lower incomes and those without internet access. Compared to those who did not consume jello shots, users consumed alcohol an average of slightly more than two more days per week and had more drinks per month (31 versus 19). In addition, jello shot users got into more fights after consuming alcohol (close to 19 percent versus 9.5 percent), the study found. But the study did not prove that consuming these alcohol-laced concoctions caused ... Read more

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Health Tip: Avoid Alcohol While Nursing

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-- Drinking alcohol while nursing can affect the taste of the milk baby gets, and the amount of milk that you produce. If you choose to drink alcohol, make sure you minimize the effects to your baby. Experts note that there are overall concerns about long-term, repeated exposure of infants to alcohol in their mother's milk, so moderation in drinking is strongly suggested. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests: Don't drink alcohol just before you nurse or pump. If you do drink, allow at least two hours between your drink and nursing or pumping. Understand that alcohol may affect the taste of your milk, which your baby may not like. Read more

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Alcohol, Processed Meats May Raise Stomach Cancer Risk

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WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Alcohol, processed meats – such as hot dogs, ham and bacon – and excess weight all may raise a person's risk of stomach cancer, a new review finds. Further, the risk seems to increase as a person drinks more alcohol, or eats more processed meats or gains more weight, the review states. It was released Wednesday by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. The review concludes that in the United States, about one in seven stomach cancer cases could be prevented if people did not drink more than three alcoholic drinks a day, did not eat processed meat and maintained a healthy weight. That's approximately 4,000 stomach cancer cases every year. "This is the first report to find strong evidence of these links," said Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at the cancer institute. "There are things we can do to lower our ... Read more

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Alcohol Sales Dropped After Maryland Raised Liquor Tax

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WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Alcohol sales fell in Maryland following an increase in the sales tax, according to a finding that suggests the tactic could work in other U.S. states. The alcohol tax rose from 6 percent to 9 percent in 2011, and liquor sales subsequently fell 5 percent, the study found. Meanwhile, beer sales dropped 3 percent and wine sales decreased 2.5 percent over the next 18 months. The overall decline in alcohol sales was almost 4 percent, the researchers said. Since alcohol sales reflect alcohol consumption, the findings suggest, but don't prove, that higher sales taxes reduce drinking, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers noted. Excessive drinking causes an average of 88,000 deaths a year in the United States. And, alcohol is more affordable now in the United States than at any time in the past 60 years, the researchers said. "The vast ... Read more

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Teenage Girls Now Try Alcohol Before Boys Do: Study

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – It's probably not a milestone that will do many feminists proud, but teenage girls in the United States now start to drink alcohol sooner than boys do, a new study shows. "This is becoming a public health issue," said lead researcher Dr. Hui Cheng, an adjunct assistant professor at Michigan State University. "We really don't know why girls are surpassing boys – that's the next question we want to answer," she said. Among the possible explanations, according to Cheng: drinking has become more socially acceptable. Also, because girls typically reach puberty sooner, some start engaging in risky behaviors such as drinking earlier. It might also be that younger girls are spending time with older boys, "so there is more exposure to drinking," she added. Cheng also pointed to advertising that targets girls by promoting sweet, fruit-flavored drinks, such as wine ... Read more

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Underweight or Obese Women Who Drink and Smoke May Have Higher Asthma Risk

Posted 10 Apr 2016 by

SATURDAY, April 9, 2016 – Researchers say they have pinpointed several factors that increase asthma risk in women and – to a lesser extent – in men. They analyzed data from about 175,000 people between the ages of 18 and 44 in 51 countries. They found that underweight or obese women who drank and smoked were twice as likely to have asthma as those with a healthy weight who didn't drink or smoke. Underweight or obese women who smoked and drank were also two to three times more likely to have wheezing, according to the study published April 4 in the journal BMJ Open Respiratory Research. But the study did not prove that these factors cause asthma, it only showed an association. "Although individual physical and behavioral factors associated with asthma have been examined before, people are often exposed to multiple risk factors so it's important we understand the combined impact," lead ... Read more

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Booze-Branded Merchandise May Spur Teen Drinking

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – Teens who own caps, shirts, and other merchandise displaying alcohol logos are more likely to drink, a new study finds. Australian researchers reviewed results from 13 studies looking at alcohol-branded merchandise and teen alcohol use. The research included more than 26,000 kids and teens, mostly from the United States. Four studies looked specifically at young people who hadn't started drinking alcohol. Those who owned alcohol-branded merchandise were more likely to start drinking a year later, the researchers said. Findings from the study were published online April 1 in the journal Pediatrics. While the study found an association between ownership of these items and teen drinking, it wasn't able to prove a cause-and-effect relationship. "It is possible that owning the merchandise makes young people more likely to drink, or that young people who drink are ... Read more

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Moderate Drinking May Not Lengthen Life, Study Suggests

Posted 22 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 22, 2016 – Despite previous studies suggesting a bevy of health benefits, a new analysis challenges the idea that drinking alcohol in moderation might prolong your life. After reviewing nearly 90 previously completed studies, researchers said that moderate drinkers may not have a survival benefit compared to people who don't drink at all. "So-called 'moderate' drinkers do not live longer than nondrinkers," said review co-author Tanya Chikritzhs. She is a professor and director of the Alcohol Policy Research team at Australia's National Drug Research Institute. Not everyone agrees with that conclusion, but some health experts do. "Scientific data continue to support the premise that small to moderate amounts of alcohol on a regular basis are consistent with a healthy lifestyle for middle-aged and older adults," said Dr. R. Curtis Ellison, professor of medicine and public ... Read more

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Breathalyzer-Locked Car Ignitions Are Saving Lives, Study Says

Posted 18 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 17, 2016 – Ignition devices that prevent driving after drinking significantly reduce alcohol-related crash deaths, a new study finds. Essentially in-car breathalyzers, the "ignition interlocks" led to a 15 percent decline in alcohol-related deaths in 18 states that required them for anyone convicted of drunken driving, the researchers found. The estimated 915 lives saved from 2007 to 2013 is comparable to the lives saved by mandatory airbag laws and the 21-year-old drinking age, the study authors noted. "The number of times that I have had to talk to a family and tell them that they lost their son or brother or daughter or sister to something so preventable as a drunk driving crash, it's hard to count even in my short time of practice – that's my motivation," said study author Dr. Elinore Kaufman, a student in the health policy program at the University of Pennsylvania ... Read more

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Alcohol Abuse Common Among Med Students, Study Finds

Posted 17 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – Medical students may be more at risk for problem drinking, a new study says, citing burnout and school debt as two possible reasons why. "Our findings clearly show there is reason for concern," said study senior author Dr. Liselotte Dyrbye, an internist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. "We recommend institutions pursue a multifaceted solution to address related issues with burnout, the cost of medical education and alcohol abuse," she said in a Mayo news release. While the study found an association between being a medical student and a higher risk of alcohol problems, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. For the study, the researchers sent surveys to 12,500 medical students in the United States. About one-third responded. The researchers found that about 1,400 medical students reported alcohol abuse or dependence. That's about a third of ... Read more

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Pot Smokers May Face 5 Times Greater Risk of Alcohol Abuse

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by

TUESDAY, March 8, 2016 – People who smoke pot may be five times more likely to develop a problem with alcohol, such as addiction, a new study says. Marijuana users who have an alcohol problem may also be less likely to quit drinking, the researchers said. "Many people focus on possible negative effects of cannabis use itself, in terms of developing a cannabis use problem or the impact of cannabis use on brain function," said study lead researcher Renee Goodwin. "Our results suggest that even in the absence of a cannabis use problem, using marijuana appears to increase vulnerability to developing an alcohol use problem," said Goodwin, an adjunct associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City. The study only showed an association between marijuana use and alcohol dependence. It did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship. ... Read more

Related support groups: Alcohol Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Cannabis, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

One Alcoholic Drink Might Temporarily Bump Up Heart Risk

Posted 3 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016 – In as little as an hour after sipping a glass of wine or enjoying a cocktail, your risk of heart trouble and stroke may go up, new research suggests. The good news is that within 24 hours, that same alcoholic beverage may protect against heart problems and stroke, the Harvard University researchers said. But, heavy drinkers don't seem to get those protective effects. "Heavy drinking increases risk both in the short term and the long term, but drinking smaller amounts has different effects in the subsequent hours than it does in the subsequent days and weeks," said lead researcher Elizabeth Mostofsky. She's an instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health and a postdoctoral fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. It's possible that the higher risk that occurs in the hours after drinking small amounts of alcohol may be outweighed by the ... Read more

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Study Details Dire Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Disorders

Posted 25 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – The many behavioral problems experienced by children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders require early attention, a new research review suggests. This group of health problems – caused by mothers drinking alcohol during pregnancy – may include anxiety, aggression, inattention and more, the researchers found. They analyzed published studies and identified three main types of behavioral problems among children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: "internalizing" behaviors such as anxiety, withdrawal and depression; "externalizing" behaviors such as aggression and delinquency; and other issues such as problems with social skills, attention and thought processing. The study, by researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia, was published online Feb. 23 in the journal Pediatrics. "The finding highlights the need for strategies for early intervention, ... Read more

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College-Age Binge Drinkers May Face Higher Blood Pressure

Posted 20 Feb 2016 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 – Young adults who regularly binge drink have elevated blood pressure compared to those who drink occasionally, and could wind up with high blood pressure, researchers warn in a new study. Among binge-drinking young adults, investigators found that systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) is 2.6 to 4 points higher compared to those who don't binge. This is enough to put some in the early stages of high blood pressure, said senior researcher Jennifer O'Loughlin. "Our findings show that more than one in four young adults who binge drink meet the criterion for prehypertension," she said. "This is worrisome because this condition can progress to hypertension, which in turn can cause heart disease and premature death," explained O'Loughlin. She is a professor of social and preventive medicine at the University of Montreal. Binge drinking is ... Read more

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