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'Low-Alcohol' Booze Labels May Backfire

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 – Marketing "light" beer and wine could backfire, increasing the total amount that someone drinks, a new British study warns. "Labeling lower strength alcohol may sound like a good idea if it encourages people to switch drinks, but our study suggests it may paradoxically encourage people to drink more," senior author Theresa Marteau, of the University of Cambridge, said in a ...

Health Tip: Heavy Alcohol Use Increases Cancer Risk

Posted 27 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Heavy drinking increases your risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon and breast, the American Cancer Society says. The society says alcohol abuse may: Damage body tissues. Help toxic chemicals, such as those in tobacco smoke, trigger bodily harm. Limit the body's absorption of key nutrients. Raise levels of estrogen, which could raise a woman's ...

Heavy Drinking Could Raise Your Gum Disease Risk

Posted 24 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 24, 2018 – People who drink more than the recommended daily limit of alcohol may harbor an unhealthy mix of bacteria in their mouths, a new study suggests. Researchers found that compared with nondrinkers, those who drank relatively heavily had fewer "good" bacteria in their mouths. They were also hosting more "bad" bacteria – including bugs that have been linked to gum disease, ...

Drinking May Worsen Hearing Loss at Loud Concerts

Posted 19 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – High-decibel music blasting at big concert venues is a known cause of short-term hearing loss. But new research suggests drinking doesn't help matters, with drunk concertgoers actually moving closer to loudspeakers. The study of 51 young attendees at an outdoor music festival in the Netherlands found that "when participants consumed more alcohol, they exhibited more ...

Skin Sensor Might Someday Track Alcoholics' Booze Intake

Posted 17 Apr 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 – An injectable sensor that could provide ongoing monitoring of the alcohol intake of people receiving addiction treatment is in development. The miniature biosensor would be placed just beneath the skin surface and be powered wirelessly by a wearable device, such as a smartwatch or patch, the University of California, San Diego engineers explained. "The ultimate goal of ...

Booze Boosts Your Heart Rate

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – You might think that glass of wine or beer helps you relax at the end of a long day, but researchers report that it actually makes your heart race. And the more you drink, the faster your heart beats. To come to that conclusion, German doctors monitored the alcohol consumption and heart rates of more than 3,000 people (average age: 35) at the 2015 Oktoberfest in Munich. ...

Binge Drinking Rampant Among Americans

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – Americans are on a binge drinking binge. More than 17 billion binge drinks were consumed by American adults in 2015, a new federal government study shows. That works out to an average of 470 drinks per binge drinker. The study also found that 1 in 6 (37 million) American adults binge drink about once a week and down an average of seven drinks per binge. "This study shows ...

Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

Posted 22 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2018 – The ills that are linked to heavy drinking now include dementia, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from more than a million adults in France who were diagnosed with dementia between 2008 and 2013. They found that chronic, heavy drinking was a major risk factor for all types of dementia, but specially early onset dementia. Overall, alcohol abuse was associated ...

Booze Beats Pot at Being Unhealthy: Oregon Poll

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 15, 2018 – Many believe alcohol poses a greater danger to health than marijuana, a new study out of Oregon suggests. Researchers surveyed more than 1,900 adults in Oregon before that state legalized recreational marijuana use in 2015. The study found that 52.5 percent thought alcohol was more harmful to health than marijuana, while just 7.5 percent thought marijuana was more ...

'IV Lounges' Are the Latest Health Fad, But Are They Safe?

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – "Rent-a-drip" IV lounges are popping up across the country, promising speedy recovery for hangover sufferers, jet lag victims and others seeking an intravenous solution to modern dilemmas. But experts say these lounges are at best a waste of money and at worst potentially dangerous. "The whole thing is really nonsense," said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a professor of ...

Resolutions to Cut Drinking May Be Tough to Keep

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – New Year's resolutions to curb drinking are likely made with the best intentions. But wishful thinking often isn't enough, a new survey suggests. The survey, of nearly 3,000 "higher-risk" drinkers, found that roughly 20 percent wanted to cut back in the near future. But six months later, there were no signs that their motivations had turned into action. On average, all ...

Parents, Giving Kids Alcohol Does More Harm Than Good

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Parents are mistaken if they think giving their teens alcohol removes drinking-related risks, a groundbreaking Australian study finds. In many countries, parents provide alcohol to their underage kids as a way to introduce them to drinking carefully, and believe it will protect them from the harms of heavy drinking. But the practice appears to do more harm than good. ...

Teen Drinking Ups Risk for Liver Diseases Later

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – Men who started drinking in their teens are at increased risk for liver disease, Swedish researchers report. "Our study showed that how much you drink in your late teens can predict the risk of developing cirrhosis later in life," said lead investigator Dr. Hannes Hagstrom, with the Center for Digestive Diseases and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The finding ...

Reduce Legal Blood-Alcohol Limit to Cut Drunk Driving Deaths: Report

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 – Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report. All states should lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported. The report also calls for ...

Smarter, Slimmer Alcoholic Drinks

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Wine and spirits are tallied in the "empty calories" column because they lack any nutritional benefits. Add cream or soda to make a mixed drink and you can more than double the caloric damage. So how can you enjoy a cocktail without wrecking your diet? Here are some options. Choose your alcoholic drinks wisely. A light beer has about a third less calories than regular ...

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