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One or Two Drinks a Day Might Boost Cancer Risk: Study

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TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Just one or two drinks a day can increase the risk of certain cancers, researchers report. A new study of 136,000 adults found light to moderate drinking was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in women and several other cancers in male smokers. Light drinking is defined as up to one drink a day for women and up to two drinks daily for men, the researchers added. "Our study reinforces the dietary guidelines that it is important not to go beyond one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men," said lead investigator Yin Cao, a research fellow in the nutrition department at Harvard's T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. However, the study did not prove that drinking raises cancer risk; it only showed an association. Determining whether to drink and how much should take into account your smoking history, family history of ... Read more

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Kids Exposed to Lots of Alcohol Ads While Watching Sports on TV

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 12, 2015 – Children who watch sports on television are exposed to a large number of alcohol ads, a new Australian study finds. Researchers discovered that 87 percent of alcohol ads on daytime television in Australia aired during sports shows watched by hundreds of thousands of children. There were more than 6,000 alcohol ads on free-to-air sports shows Australia in 2012, the researchers found. Sports shows had many more alcohol ads per hour than non-sports shows. Most of the alcohol ads aired during televised sports were during children's and teens' peak viewing times, the study reported. "Taking into account the amount of programming time for sport vs. non-sport TV, there's four alcohol adverts in sport for every one in non-sport TV. Australian children love watching sport but unfortunately they are going to have to watch a lot of alcohol ads as well," study leader ... Read more

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Tying the Knot May Mean Less Drinking for Young Adults

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Toasting the bride and groom may bode well for healthful drinking later: A new study finds that marriage appears to lower drinking rates among young adults. Researchers looked at long-term data from an ongoing study of familial alcoholism to learn how people's drinking habits changed between ages 18 and 40. They also looked at how drinking habits were affected by marriage. About 50 percent of the study participants were children of alcoholics, researchers said. "Confirming our prediction, we found that marriage not only led to reductions in heavy drinking in general, this effect was much stronger for those who were severe problem drinkers before getting married," Matthew Lee, a postdoctoral fellow in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri, said in a university news release. Although this study found a link between marriage and ... Read more

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Face-to-Face Support Groups Still Best for Staying Sober: Study

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – Traditional face-to-face support groups are better than increasingly popular online support groups at helping people with substance abuse problems stay sober, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 141 women and 55 men, aged 18 to over 60, who used both types of support groups. More than 90 percent of the participants had been in recovery for more than a year. People who attended more face-to-face meetings had greater success in achieving and maintaining sobriety than those who used online support groups more often, the findings showed. One factor that may explain that difference is that participants said they were less likely to be dishonest in face-to-face meetings than online. A commitment to honesty is a major part of 12-step substance abuse recovery programs, so being dishonest could jeopardize recovery, the researchers said. The study was presented ... Read more

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Over 4 Million Americans Say They've Driven Drunk in Prior Month: CDC

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – A new study finds that close to 2 percent of adults – about 4.2 million people – admitted to driving while intoxicated at least once over the prior month. The study, based on 2012 data analyzed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also outlines the "typical" drunk driver: Young males with a history of binge drinking. Curbing the problem could save countless lives, the CDC researchers said, since "alcohol-impaired driving crashes have accounted for about one third of all U.S. crash fatalities in the past two decades." One expert agreed. Binge drinking is rampant among the young, said Dr. Scott Krakower, who specializes in alcohol abuse issues. "Individuals should not be afraid to seek help if they have a drinking problem," he said. "Bottom line: if one is drinking, they should never drive a motor vehicle. They are putting innocent lives at ... Read more

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Online Anti-Drinking Aids May Not Help Over Long Term

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – Trying to curb alcohol use on your own with web-based or CD programs may not be very effective, a new study reports. The study found these programs could reduce drinking slightly among adults and college students. But they appeared to be ineffective for reducing binge drinking and the negative social aspects linked with alcohol misuse. The evidence, researchers said, shows that intense treatment may be needed to reduce drinking levels to recommended limits. "At this point, the effects of the available brief electronic interventions are small, and evidence that they help people to drink within recommended limits is lacking," said lead researcher Eric Dedert, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences from Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C. "However, electronic interventions for alcohol misuse hold significant promise, and there ... Read more

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Study Finds Drinking May Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, But Doctors Wary

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Moderate to heavy drinking might cut the likelihood of disability for people with chronic widespread pain such as that related to fibromyalgia, new Scottish research suggests. But U.S. pain specialists say consuming alcohol is the wrong approach to coping with disabling pain. "It's an odd way to suggest that chronic pain be treated," said Dr. Lynn Webster, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, who wasn't involved in the research. "I can't imagine that any physician will suggest alcohol as a therapy," he added. "The more you drink, the more you need to get the same effects." About 2 percent of Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, a mysterious disease characterized by the presence of chronic, widespread pain, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Women outnumber men seven to one in their prevalence of the disorder, whose ... Read more

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Could Blue Eyes Raise Odds for Alcoholism?

Posted 2 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 2, 2015 – People with blue eyes may be more likely to become alcoholics, a new study suggests. Genetic researchers at the University of Vermont said their findings could help doctors learn more about the roots of alcoholism, as well as other psychiatric disorders. Study co-author Dawei Li, an assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, has worked with other scientists for years to build a genetic database of more than 10,000 people. Most of those in the database are black or European Americans. All are affected by at least one mental illness, but many have multiple disorders, including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, along with alcohol or drug dependence. "These are complex disorders," Li said in a university news release. "There are many genes, and there are many environmental triggers." Using the database, the researchers identified over ... Read more

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Virtual Reality May Help Alcoholics Beat Cravings, Study Finds

Posted 24 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 – Virtual reality therapy may help alcoholics battle their addiction, a small study from South Korea suggests. Researchers recruited 12 people being treated for alcoholism for the study. The volunteers went through a week-long detoxification program and then did two sessions of virtual reality therapy a week for five weeks. The patients were presented with three virtual scenes: a relaxing environment; a high-risk setting in a restaurant where other people were drinking; and an aversion situation that featured the sights, sounds and smells of people getting sick from drinking too much. PET and CT brain scans suggested that the patients had a reduced craving for alcohol after the virtual reality therapy, according to the study. The research is published in the July issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. While it was a small study, the findings ... Read more

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Most Americans Back Ban on Powdered Alcohol, Poll Finds

Posted 15 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 15, 2015 – Most Americans support banning powdered alcohol because of its potential misuse by teens, a new survey finds. Powdered alcohol was approved in March by U.S. regulators but some states have already banned it, the poll's authors said. The products, which will be sold in pouches, will be available in flavors such as vodka, rum and mixed drinks. "Given that several states are considering legislation about powdered alcohol, our poll looked at what the public thinks about this new product," Dr. Matthew Davis, director of the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health, said in a university news release. "The majority of adults agree that powdered alcohol may spell trouble for young people," he said. Sixty percent of adults favor a complete ban on powdered alcohol in their states, and another 84 percent support banning ... Read more

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Underage Drinking Down in Past Decade

Posted 11 Jun 2015 by

THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – Underage drinking in the United States is declining. But, alcohol remains the most widely used substance of abuse among American children, federal researchers reported Thursday. The rate of current drinking (within the last month) among youngsters aged 12 to 20 fell from 29 percent in 2002 to 23 percent in 2013. Plus, the rate of current binge drinking in this age group declined from 19 percent to 14 percent during that time period. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on the same occasion. However, more American teens use alcohol (23 percent) than tobacco (17 percent) or illicit drugs (14 percent), according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report. The report is based on data from an annual, national survey of 67,500 Americans aged 12 and older. "When parents communicate clear expectations and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Watch Your Alcohol Consumption

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by

-- Drinking alcohol may be unsafe for some people, because it can interact with some medications. The Cleveland Clinic mentions these examples: Aspirin and alcohol may increase the risk of stomach bleeding. Antihistamines may make you very drowsy when combined with alcohol. Large amounts of the painkiller acetaminophen can cause liver damage when combined with alcohol. Some laxatives and cough syrups already contain alcohol. Some antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, painkillers and sleeping pills may cause serious interactions when combined with alcohol. Read more

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3 in 10 Americans Have Drinking Problem at Some Point in Their Lives

Posted 3 Jun 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Nearly 30 percent of Americans have a problem with alcohol at some point in their lives, ranging from binge drinking to full-blown alcoholism, but less than 20 percent are ever treated, a new study found. Alcohol use disorders are among the most common mental health problems worldwide and result in disability, illness and death, researchers from the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) said. "The problem of alcohol abuse is bigger than people thought," said NIAAA Director George Koob. "Alcohol disorders cost the United States $224 billion a year. "Seventy percent of Americans drink and most don't have a problem, but there is a significant group that do have a problem," he added. One of the biggest concerns, Koob said, is that less than 20 percent of those who have a drinking problem get help. Koob thinks people avoid treatment for a ... Read more

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Tougher Alcohol Laws for Adults May Also Lower Teen Drinking

Posted 1 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 1, 2015 – New research suggests that as a state's alcohol laws get tougher, teen drinking rates drop – even if the laws are targeting adults and not teens. "Nobody's ever looked to see how policies explain big differences between kids' drinking among different states," said study co-author Dr. Timothy Naimi, an alcohol epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center. "There's a strong overall relationship between [alcohol] policies and teen drinking, but if you account for the difference in youth-specific policies, you find the adult-oriented policies have an equal or greater effect on teen drinking." Naimi's team considered policies such as alcohol taxes, restricting alcohol sales to certain hours, not selling alcohol on Sundays, banning happy hours and restrictions on how many places sell alcohol, he said. "Things that reduce excessive drinking are things that keep the price up ... Read more

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'Moderate'Drinking Might Harm Older People's Hearts: Study

Posted 26 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – "Moderate" drinking might harm your heart if you're a senior citizen, a new study suggests. And women appear to be at greater risk for alcohol-related heart damage than men, the researchers found. "In an elderly population, increasing alcohol intake is associated with subtle alterations in heart structure and function, with women appearing more susceptible than men to the toxic effects of alcohol," said lead researcher Dr. Alexandra Goncalves. She is a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. The study involved more than 4,400 adults, average age 76. The investigators found that women who drank even moderately – one drink daily – experienced a small reduction in heart function. Among men, consuming more than 14 drinks a week – considered heavy drinking – was linked to enlargement of the heart's left ... Read more

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