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As You Age, Alcohol May Be Harder to Handle

Posted 14 days ago by

FRIDAY, Jan. 4, 2019 – Seniors may be more vulnerable to alcoholism, a psychologist warns. "As we age, it takes longer for the body to break down alcohol. It stays in the system longer. Tolerance also decreases. Excessive drinking can compromise your immune system and can lead to some forms of cancer," said Brad Lander, an addiction medicine specialist at Ohio State University Wexner Medical ...

Will Cutting Out Booze for 'Dry January' Help Your Health?

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THURSDAY, Jan. 3, 2019 – "Dry January" is the self-improvement meme of the moment, with people around the world pledging to take a break from alcohol this month. "Basically, it's a New Year's resolution," said Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital, in Glen Oaks, N.Y. "You've been drinking during the holidays, and the idea is that if you stop drinking ...

Alcohol May Be Sabotaging Your Diet

Posted 18 days ago by

MONDAY, Dec. 31, 2018 – Alcohol. It's a fixture at New Year's parties, but it's also is a calorie guzzler – one drink can eat up 10 percent or more of a dieter's daily allotment, depending on how fanciful the beverage is. And there are other ways booze can undermine your wellness efforts. The calories in every gram of alcohol have no nutritional value, so you're also missing out on the vitamins ...

Binge Drinkers' Social Media Posts Can Haunt Them

Posted 21 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 – The hangover is bad enough. But for binge-drinking young people, embarrassing social media posts can be another headache. College students often show signs of social media "addiction" and can suffer significant consequences, according to the authors of a new study. "During these times when young students are feeling disinhibited by alcohol, they may be even more likely ...

Health Tip: How Alcohol May Raise Cancer Risk

Posted 19 Dec 2018 by

-- Alcohol use has been associated with cancers of the mouth, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum and breast, the American Cancer Society says. The society describes how alcohol can affect the body, noting that the more you drink, the higher your risk: Alcohol can damage bodily tissues. Alcohol can make it easier for harmful irritants, such as tobacco, to enter the body. Alcohol ...

Cost of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: $23,000 Annually Per Case

Posted 4 Dec 2018 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – About 630,000 babies worldwide are born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) each year. They'll need care averaging $23,000 annually, new research suggests. These children face a range of lifelong problems caused by alcohol exposure during pregnancy, according to the research review. "People with FASD often require lifelong and multidimensional services to address ...

Study Casts Doubt on Light Drinking's Benefits

Posted 3 Oct 2018 by

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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