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Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

Posted 1 day 17 hours ago 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 9 days ago 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 ...

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 ...

Booze May Help or Harm the Heart, But Income Matters

Posted 2 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – Alcohol's effect on heart health, good or ill, may rely in part on the drinker's income, new research suggests. For example, the study of more than 200,000 Norwegian adults found that having a few drinks per week was linked to a lowered odds of dying from heart disease over the 30 years of the study. But that trend was most pronounced in wealthier people. On the other ...

How to Survive a New Year's Hangover

Posted 30 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 – Excess drinking on New Year's Eve can lead to a painful morning after, with no sure-fire cure available. But helpful strategies for treating a hangover do exist. Hangover symptoms – headache, nausea and dizziness – occur when the body withdraws from alcohol and a chemical called acetaldehyde is produced, Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital ...

How Good Is Your New Year's Bubbly? Listen Closely

Posted 30 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 – Pop! goes the New Year's corks – and the bubbles that result might point to how high-quality your champagne is, researchers say. "We came across the idea that bubbles play an important role in the quality of a sparkling wine," said study lead researcher Kyle Spratt, from the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin. So he said his team decided ...

Drinking More Wine These Days? Your Glass May Be to Blame

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Wonder why people seem to be drinking more these days? Perhaps it's the size of their wine glass. British researchers suggest there's a connection between the rise in drinking – especially wine – in the U.K. since the 1960s and expanding wine glass sizes since the 1990s. They noted that wine glass volume has increased seven-fold over what it was 300 years ago. The ...

Higher Booze Taxes Might Pay Off for Public Health

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Raising one particular tax just might have a public health benefit. The tax in question? States' alcohol excise tax. In the United States, those taxes have not kept pace with inflation, which could limit their public health benefits, researchers report. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the average state alcohol excise tax has fallen by 30 percent for beer, 27 percent for ...

Think Before You Drink

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – With the traditional flood of holiday parties and festivities approaching, chances to drink excessively increase. So, what to do? Start by taking a closer look, now, at your drinking habits, one mental health expert suggests. "The holidays generate both positive and negative emotions, and drinking is one of the methods that people often use to cope," said Dr. Karen Miotto, ...

1 in 4 U.S. Seniors With Cancer Has Had It Before

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – For a quarter of American seniors, a cancer diagnosis signals the return of an old foe, new research shows. Even in cancer patients younger than 65, one in 10 cases involves people who've had the disease before, the study of nearly 741,000 people found. Depending on a patient's age or cancer type, the frequency of prior cancers ranged anywhere from about 4 percent to ...

The Booze You Choose Can Sway Your Mood

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – The booze you choose can frequently steer your mood, according to a new global survey. About half of those who drink red wine and beer said it makes them feel relaxed and mellow, results from the Global Drug Survey show. Roughly two of five beer drinkers said the suds make them feel confident, while one-quarter of red wine drinkers said they feel sexier after a glass. ...

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