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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 ...

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, ...

How Much Alcohol Is Really OK?

Posted 2 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 2, 2017 – All the good news/bad news studies about alcohol can leave you confused. But research suggests that you still need to keep moderation in mind when you raise a glass. You may have heard reports about red wine in particular, and the suggestion that it can boost health, especially heart health, because of its antioxidant resveratrol. According to a round-up of studies ...

Alcohol Use, Abuse on the Rise in U.S.

Posted 9 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 9, 2017 – Rates of drinking and alcohol abuse are increasing in the United States, especially among certain groups of people, a new study suggests. "These increases constitute a public health crisis that may have been overshadowed by increases in much less prevalent substance use (marijuana, opiates and heroin) during the same period," the study authors wrote. Bridget Grant, of ...

Fewer U.S. High School Students Drink, CDC Finds

Posted 11 May 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 11, 2017 – Drinking among U.S. high school students has plummeted in recent years, a new government report shows. High schoolers who say they drink dropped from about half of students in 1991 down to around one out of three in 2015, an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals. Binge drinking also declined among high school students, from ...

Breathalyzer Lock Laws Prevent Drunk-Driving Deaths: Study

Posted 5 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 5, 2017 – Breathalyzer-type devices known as ignition interlocks that prevent drunks from driving do prevent deadly accidents, a new study indicates. States started passing mandatory interlock laws in 1993. This new study found they were associated with a 7 percent decrease in the rate of fatal crashes involving at least one drunk driver. "Our study demonstrates the value of ...

Scientists Spot 'Teetotaler' Gene

Posted 30 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 29, 2016 – Scientists say they've identified a gene variant that dampens the desire to drink alcohol. They said their discovery might lead to the development of drugs that could control alcohol consumption, possibly even among problem drinkers. This variation of the beta-Klotho gene was pinpointed through genetic research involving more than 105,000 light and heavy social drinkers. ...

A Little Alcohol Each Day May Cut Your Risk of Stroke

Posted 24 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 24, 2016 – Light or moderate drinking may reduce the risk of one type of stroke but not another, while heavy drinking increases the risk of both types, a new study suggests. A research team from England and Sweden reviewed 25 studies as well as national data from Sweden. The investigators reported that consumption of up to two drinks a day was associated with a lower risk of ...

Alcoholics May Lack Key Enzyme

Posted 21 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 21, 2016 – Alcoholics may lack an enzyme that would help them control their impulse to drink, a new study with rats suggests. Researchers found that turning off production of the enzyme PRDM2 in the frontal lobes of the rodents led the animals to drink alcohol, even when it was unpleasant to do so. "PRDM2 controls the expression of several genes that are necessary for effective ...

Would Weaker Beer Help Reduce Alcohol's Harms?

Posted 11 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2016 – Lowering the alcohol content in beer and other drinks may help reduce their harmful health effects, researchers say. Alcohol causes substantial disability and death worldwide. Nearly a quarter of deaths among people between the ages of 20 and 39 are alcohol-related, according to the World Health Organization. "The idea is that a small reduction in alcohol – such as ...

Alcohol, Obesity Could Raise Esophageal Cancer Risk

Posted 28 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 28, 2016 – Drinking plus being overweight may be a bad combo when it comes to risks for the two most common types of esophageal cancer, a new report warns. The findings suggest that in the United States, a third of esophageal cancer cases – that's about 5,600 per year – could be prevented if people maintained a healthy weight and didn't drink. "These findings add to the evidence ...

Why Heavy Drinking Seems to Boost Desire to Smoke More

Posted 19 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2016 – The reason alcoholics struggle to stop smoking may be because their heavy drinking speeds up how quickly their body breaks down nicotine, a new study suggests. "Our study showed that chronic heavy alcohol consumption may lead to an increase in the rate of nicotine metabolism, which could be one contributing factor to the poor smoking cessation rates in smokers addicted ...

Jello Shots While Underage, Bigger Booze Problems Later?

Posted 29 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 29, 2016 – Many underage Americans down jello shots, and these young drinkers are more likely to binge drink, drink heavily and get into alcohol-fueled fights, researchers say. The Boston University researchers surveyed more than 1,000 alcohol users, aged 13 to 20, and found that just over 20 percent had consumed jello shots in the past 30 days. Rates were slightly higher among ...

Alcohol, Processed Meats May Raise Stomach Cancer Risk

Posted 21 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Alcohol, processed meats – such as hot dogs, ham and bacon – and excess weight all may raise a person's risk of stomach cancer, a new review finds. Further, the risk seems to increase as a person drinks more alcohol, or eats more processed meats or gains more weight, the review states. It was released Wednesday by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the ...

Frequent Monitoring May Keep Alcohol Offenders Sober

Posted 10 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 – A South Dakota program that requires people involved in alcohol-linked crimes to stay away from booze and be closely monitored for drinking appears to reduce deaths, a new study finds. Offenders in the program must undergo breathalyzer tests twice a day or wear bracelets that continuously check for alcohol. Those who skip or fail the tests are immediately jailed for a ...

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