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Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – People infected with hepatitis C are more likely to be current or former heavy drinkers, a new study suggests. Unfortunately, alcohol may accelerate the liver damage associated with the virus, the researchers added. Adults with hepatitis C were three times more likely to have five or more drinks daily – currently or in the past – than people who didn't have the virus, according to the study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Alcohol promotes faster development of fibrosis and progression to cirrhosis [scarring of the liver] in people living with hepatitis C, making drinking a dangerous and often deadly activity," said lead investigator Amber Taylor, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Hepatitis. "In 2010, alcohol-related liver disease ranked third as a cause of death among people with ... Read more

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Drink Spiking a Problem on U.S. Campuses

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TUESDAY, May 24, 2016 – Drink spiking may be prevalent on U.S. college campuses, and women are at much greater risk than men, new research finds. Women were also more likely than men to cite sexual assault as a motive for drink spiking – where someone secretly adds alcohol or drugs to another person's drink. Men were more likely to say the motive was "to have fun," according to the study of more than 6,000 students at three U.S. universities. These findings show it "is more than simply an urban legend," said study leader Suzanne Swan, an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of South Carolina. The researchers found that almost 8 percent of the students said they'd had drugs put into their drinks. Also, 1.4 percent said they had either spiked another person's drink or knew someone who had. While spiking drinks is often linked to "date rape," some ... Read more

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Frat Brothers Keep Chugging Despite Anti-Booze Efforts

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FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 – The boys of "Animal House" and "Neighbors" may be immune to anti-boozing programs that curb drinking for other college kids, new research suggests. As Brown University researcher Lori Scott-Sheldon put it: "Current intervention methods appear to have limited effectiveness in reducing alcohol consumption and alcohol-related problems among fraternity and possibly sorority members." Scott-Sheldon's team reviewed data on more than 6,000 fraternity and sorority members. The information came from 15 studies done over 25 years. Overall, the researchers looked at 21 different interventions aimed at reducing on-campus drinking. The investigators found no differences in drinking behaviors between those who had received some kind of anti-drinking intervention, and those who had not. That was true across all measures – how much the students drank per week or month, ... Read more

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Why Heavy Drinking Seems to Boost Desire to Smoke More

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WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – The reason alcoholics struggle to stop smoking may be because their heavy drinking speeds up how quickly their body breaks down nicotine, a new study suggests. "Our study showed that chronic heavy alcohol consumption may lead to an increase in the rate of nicotine metabolism, which could be one contributing factor to the poor smoking cessation rates in smokers addicted to alcohol," said senior study author Maciej Goniewicz. Nicotine metabolism is the term used to describe how quickly a body breaks down this addictive substance. People who break down nicotine more slowly may have an easier time quitting because the nicotine stays in their body longer. But, the investigators found, alcohol appears to speed up the breakdown of nicotine. For the study, the researchers measured markers (such as cotinine) that indicated nicotine levels among male smokers in Poland ... Read more

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Marriage a Buffer Against Drinking Problems?

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TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – Married people are less likely to have drinking problems than single people, and that protective effect is particularly strong among those with a family history of alcoholism, a new study suggests. "While clinicians have long been aware of the potentially important protective effects of marriage on alcohol problems, our study puts this observation on a firm scientific footing," said study leader Dr. Kenneth Kendler. He is a professor of psychiatry and human and molecular genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, in Richmond. The researchers analyzed data from more than 3 million people in Sweden born between 1960 and 1990, including more than 70,000 with drinking problems. Compared to single people, the risk of an alcohol use disorder was 60 percent lower among married men and 71 percent lower among married women, although the study ... Read more

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Middle Schoolers Exposed to Alcohol Ads Every Day: Study

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TUESDAY, May 17, 2016 – Kids as young as 11 see alcohol ads on a daily basis, through television, billboards and signs, new research shows. Black and Hispanic children were especially likely to be exposed to such ads, as were girls, the study authors added. The researchers said they fear that exposure to these ads will encourage kids to drink when they're under age. "The evidence is strong that kids are at greater risk if they're exposed to alcohol advertising," said study leader Rebecca Collins. She is a researcher with the Rand Corp., a nonprofit global policy think tank. The findings are based on the experiences of nearly 590 Los Angeles-area children, aged 11 to 14, who used hand-held devices to record each time they encountered alcohol ads over a two-week period. The study found that the kids typically saw two to four ads a day. Hispanic and black kids saw more ads, an average of ... Read more

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More Bars, More Ambulance Calls

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MONDAY, May 16, 2016 – Areas with more bars have about eight times more ambulance calls than places where booze flows less freely, according to a new study. Dr. Joel Ray, a physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, examined trends in EMS calls and the density of alcohol-serving establishments in certain areas near the city. Neighborhoods with the most establishments licensed to sell alcohol have a 7.8 times higher risk for 911 calls related to trauma compared to areas with the fewest of these places, the study found. EMS calls for trauma ranged from 45.3 per 1,000 calls in areas with no on-premise places licensed to sell alcohol to 381 per 1,000 calls in areas with the highest density of these places, the study showed. Trauma risk was particularly high among young men who frequent bars, night clubs, pool halls and similar spots focused on serving drinks, Ray said. The study also ... Read more

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Booze, High Blood Pressure a Dangerous Mix

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FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Even an ounce of alcohol a day might alter heart function if you have high blood pressure, researchers report. For someone with high blood pressure, drinking – even in small amounts – can impair functioning of the lower left chamber of the heart, which pumps blood to the rest of the body, according to a new study from Italy. "Because even moderate alcohol consumption increases occurrence of early functional cardiac changes in patients with [high blood pressure], reduction of use of alcoholic beverages might be beneficial for prevention of cardiac complications in these patients," said lead researcher Dr. Leonardo Sechi. How this heart damage occurs isn't known, and the study doesn't establish a direct cause-and-effect relationship. Additional studies in which alcohol consumption is reduced or eliminated will be needed to confirm the findings, said Sechi, who ... Read more

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Men Miss Out on Bone Loss Screening

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THURSDAY, May 12, 2016 – Unlike women, men at risk for osteoporosis don't get routinely screened for bone loss, a new study shows. As a result, men may not receive treatment or take the steps necessary to protect their bone health, the researchers found. "Women have a screening safety net," Dr. Mary Ruppe, a Houston Methodist Hospital endocrinologist, said in a hospital news release. "Between their primary care physician and ob-gyn, women will begin bone density screenings at the appropriate age. Men are less likely to have routine primary care checkups and don't receive preventative care similar to what is provided for women." Osteoporosis is a condition that commonly affects women. But, millions of men are also at risk for the disease, which causes the bones to become weak and brittle. In the United States, roughly 1.5 million men older than 65 have osteoporosis, the researchers ... Read more

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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

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by

-- 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

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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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