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Study Casts Doubt on Light Drinking's Benefits

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – If you think your nightly glass of vino is doing good things for your health, think again. A new study suggests that folks who like to tip back a drink or two every day are more likely to die prematurely. "At any given age, if you drink daily – even just one or two drinks – you have a 20 percent increased risk of death compared to someone who drinks the same amount ...

Genes May Control How Tough It Is to Stop Drinking

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 – When they give up booze, some alcoholics have more severe withdrawal symptoms than others. This discrepancy may come down to genetics, researchers say. The Yale University team hopes its findings ultimately lead to treatments that ease the discomfort of "detox." Heavy drinkers can develop shakes, nausea, headaches, anxiety and changes in blood pressure when going ...

Is Teen Drinking Tied to Aggressive Prostate Cancer Later in Life?

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – Teen boys who drink may raise their risk for aggressive prostate cancer decades later, a preliminary study suggests. Compared to non-drinkers, men who reported having at least one alcoholic drink a day between ages 15 and 19 had more than triple the odds of developing aggressive prostate cancer in adulthood, the researchers said. The study doesn't prove that alcohol ...

Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million People Globally Each Year

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 – Alcohol contributes to 2.8 million deaths a year worldwide, and there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, researchers say. The new analysis of hundreds of studies conducted between 1990 and 2016 found that one in three people worldwide (2.4 billion people) drink alcohol, and that 6.8 percent of men and 2.2 percent of women die of alcohol-related health problems ...

'Moderate' Drinking May Help the Heart, But Only If You Stick With It: Study

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 – Could a habit of consistent "moderate" drinking – a little more than two drinks a day for men, and slightly less for women – actually help your heart? That's the suggestion from a new study of more than 35,000 British and French adults whose health and drinking habits were tracked for a decade. The investigators found that consistent, moderate tippling was tied to ...

For Pennies a Drink, Higher Taxes Would Help Counter Alcohol's Toll: Study

Posted 9 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – As a tool to reduce the public health toll of drinking, higher taxes on alcohol get the most bang for the buck, a new study finds. Worldwide, more than 4 percent of diseases and 5 percent of deaths are directly linked with alcohol, previous research suggests. In this study, researchers looked at data from 16 countries to find out which of five alcohol-control strategies ...

'Moderate' Drinking May Be a Brain Buffer

Posted 2 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Middle-aged people who drink moderately – no more than a glass of wine a day – may have a relatively lower risk of developing dementia later in life, researchers report. The study, which followed 9,000 British adults for over two decades, found that both heavier drinkers and abstainers had a higher dementia risk than moderate drinkers. Moderate drinking was defined ...

Drinking While Breast-Feeding May Dampen Child's Brain Development

Posted 30 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Sorry, new moms, although you've already waited at least nine months, it's not time for a glass of wine just yet: New research suggests it might be best for baby's brain to wait until you've stopped breast-feeding. That's because exposure to alcohol in breast milk was linked to a reduction in thinking and reasoning skills when kids were tested at ages 6 and 7. The effect ...

3-Pronged Approach to Cancer Prevention

Posted 26 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 26, 2018 – Need another reason to improve your diet and start exercising? Doing so could help ward off cancer, a new study finds. "Keep in mind that every lifestyle factor counts and it is never too late to adopt a healthy lifestyle," said study co-author Bernard Srour, of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research. Eating healthful foods, engaging in physical ...

How Much Drinking Is Healthy -- or Not?

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – People who have a few drinks a week tend to live a bit longer than teetotalers do – but even moderate drinking may raise the risk of certain cancers, a large, new study finds. The research is the latest to look at the question: What level of drinking might be "healthy"? It's a complicated issue to study, and that's led to some confusing public health messages, the ...

Tough State Drunk Driving Laws Save Lives

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – States that get tough on drunk driving see drops in alcohol-related car crash deaths, new research shows. About 30 percent of deaths in car crashes occur when one or more drivers has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher – the legal definition of driving while impaired in the United States, the investigators explained. An additional 20 percent of deaths involve ...

'Low-Alcohol' Booze Labels May Backfire

Posted 18 May 2018 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 ...

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