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Alcohol May Damage the Heart -- at Least for Some

Posted 14 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 14, 2016 – You might need to reconsider that nightly glass of wine (or beer, or liquor) because new research suggests that alcohol may not be as healthy for everyone's heart as previously believed. Long-term drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol may increase some people's risk of stroke by causing the heart's left atrium to get bigger, the researchers said. The left atrium is the upper left chamber of the heart. This enlargement of the left atrium can contribute to a heart condition called atrial fibrillation, in which the heart beats irregularly, said senior researcher Dr. Gregory Marcus. He's director of clinical research with the University of California, San Francisco, division of cardiology. Atrial fibrillation causes blood to pool and clot in the left atrium. If a clot breaks free, it can block a blood vessel in the brain, causing a stroke. About 15 percent ... Read more

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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 beer with four percent ethanol content versus six per cent – would reduce alcohol intake per drinker even if the same overall amount of beverage is consumed," researcher Jurgen Rehm said. Rehm is director of the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. He and his colleagues concluded that lower levels of ethanol – the most harmful ingredient in alcoholic beverages – would lead to lower blood alcohol levels in drinkers. That would ... Read more

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Hepatitis C Patients More Likely to Drink, Study Finds

Posted 25 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 – People infected with hepatitis C are more likely to be current or former heavy drinkers, a new study suggests. Unfortunately, alcohol may accelerate the liver damage associated with the virus, the researchers added. Adults with hepatitis C were three times more likely to have five or more drinks daily – currently or in the past – than people who didn't have the virus, according to the study published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. "Alcohol promotes faster development of fibrosis and progression to cirrhosis [scarring of the liver] in people living with hepatitis C, making drinking a dangerous and often deadly activity," said lead investigator Amber Taylor, from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Viral Hepatitis. "In 2010, alcohol-related liver disease ranked third as a cause of death among people with ... Read more

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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 females than males, and higher among those from homes with lower incomes and those without internet access. Compared to those who did not consume jello shots, users consumed alcohol an average of slightly more than two more days per week and had more drinks per month (31 versus 19). In addition, jello shot users got into more fights after consuming alcohol (close to 19 percent versus 9.5 percent), the study found. But the study did not prove that consuming these alcohol-laced concoctions caused ... Read more

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Alcohol Sales Dropped After Maryland Raised Liquor Tax

Posted 13 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 13, 2016 – Alcohol sales fell in Maryland following an increase in the sales tax, according to a finding that suggests the tactic could work in other U.S. states. The alcohol tax rose from 6 percent to 9 percent in 2011, and liquor sales subsequently fell 5 percent, the study found. Meanwhile, beer sales dropped 3 percent and wine sales decreased 2.5 percent over the next 18 months. The overall decline in alcohol sales was almost 4 percent, the researchers said. Since alcohol sales reflect alcohol consumption, the findings suggest, but don't prove, that higher sales taxes reduce drinking, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers noted. Excessive drinking causes an average of 88,000 deaths a year in the United States. And, alcohol is more affordable now in the United States than at any time in the past 60 years, the researchers said. "The vast ... Read more

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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 short time, typically a day or two, the study authors said. The 24/7 Sobriety Program was launched as a pilot program in 2005 and was associated with a 4 percent drop in deaths at the county level. The largest reductions occurred among causes of death linked with excessive drinking, such as circulatory conditions, according to RAND Corp. researchers. "Our findings suggest that criminal justice interventions that reduce heavy alcohol consumption may, in turn, influence mortality," lead author and ... Read more

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Chronic Drinking Plus Binge Drinking Spurs Rapid Liver Damage in Mouse Study

Posted 30 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 30, 2015 – Chronic drinking combined with binge drinking quickly damages the liver, and is more destructive than previously thought, a new study with mice suggests. "Heavy binge drinking by those who habitually consume alcohol is the most common cause of liver damage in chronic alcoholic liver disease," lead author Shivendra Shukla, a professor of medical pharmacology and physiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "We know that this behavior causes large fatty deposits in the liver that ultimately impair the organ's ability to function properly. However, we wanted to understand the mechanism that causes this damage and the extent of the harm," Shukla said. "Our research focused on different forms of alcohol abuse and the results of those behaviors," he explained. Shukla and his colleagues looked at how chronic alcohol ... Read more

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Women Starting to Match Men's Drinking Habits, Study Finds

Posted 24 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – American women are catching up to men when it comes to using and abusing alcohol, a new government report shows. The researchers analyzed data from 2002 to 2012 and found that reported alcohol consumption in the previous 30 days rose among women, from almost 45 percent to more than 48 percent, while it fell among men, from slightly more than 57 percent to just over 56 percent. "We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year, all narrowed for females and males," study leader Aaron White, senior scientific advisor to the director of the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), said in an institute news release. "Males still consume more alcohol, but the ... Read more

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Tough Alcohol Policies Linked to Lower Death Rates From Liver Damage

Posted 15 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 15, 2015 – States with strong alcohol control policies have lower death rates connected to alcohol-related liver damage, a new study finds. Researchers gave states scores based on their alcohol control policies, such as taxes, retail price restrictions and hours-of-sale limits. The stronger the policies, the higher the score. A 10-point increase in the score was associated with 9 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among all women, the investigators found. Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to cirrhosis, or scarring of the liver. When American Indian/Alaska Natives were not included, a 10-point increase in a state's alcohol policy score was associated with 11 percent fewer deaths in both sexes, and 18 percent fewer alcoholic cirrhosis deaths among women alone, the findings showed. The strongest link between alcohol policies and alcoholic cirrhosis death rates was in the ... Read more

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Former Problem Drinkers Find It Tricky to Navigate Social Settings: Study

Posted 25 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 25, 2015 – When former problem drinkers are socializing, they use a number of methods to let others know they don't drink, a small new study finds. Researchers interviewed 11 former problem drinkers who had been sober for between one and 19 years. Many of the study participants said they tried to avoid the issue altogether. Methods included posing as a drinker by holding a cup but not drinking, or simply refusing offers to drink without saying why. If asked why they were not drinking, some cited health problems or said they were taking medications that couldn't be used with alcohol. Some used humor to change the subject, the researchers found. A few of the former drinkers said they were open about their history of problem drinking, particularly if they thought it would get them out of a situation that threatened their sobriety, or if they believed it would help other ... Read more

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Health Tip: Too Much Alcohol Can Affect Muscle Mass

Posted 16 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

-- If you're working out regularly and trying to bulk up, drinking too much alcohol may hinder your efforts. The American Council on Exercise says excessive drinking can: Cause muscles to weaken because of reduced blood flow. Affect hormone levels, particularly testosterone, which can lead to retaining fluids and fat. Affect the liver, resulting in low blood sugar, increased fat in the blood and fatty liver. Reduce oxygen supply to the brain, contributing to cell death. Read more

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Hispanics May Develop Alcoholic Liver Disease Earlier

Posted 20 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 20, 2015 – Hispanics may develop alcoholic liver disease at an earlier age than whites or blacks, according to a new study that links ethnicity and drinking-related liver problems. Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) includes conditions such as alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. It's is a common cause of liver problems in the United States. ALD is responsible for more than 15,000 U.S. deaths each year, according to the researchers. The findings were published in the March online issue of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. "The findings in this study are important for two reasons. First, they demonstrate the difference ethnicity has on the clinical manifestation of ALD. Second, they lay the ground work for future clinical and laboratory studies to understand the interactions between alcohol, genes and the environment," ... Read more

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Many Americans Who Drink Also Take Prescription Medications: Study

Posted 16 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 – A substantial number of Americans who drink also take medications that should not be mixed with alcohol, new government research suggests. The study, of nearly 27,000 U.S. adults, found that among current drinkers, about 43 percent were on prescription medications that interact with alcohol. Depending on the medication, that mix can cause side effects ranging from drowsiness and dehydration to depressed breathing and lowered heart rate. It's not clear how many people were drinking and taking their medications around the same time – or even on the same day, the researchers stressed. "But this does tell us how big the problem could potentially be," said study co-author Aaron White, a neuroscientist at the U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He and his colleagues report the findings in the February online edition of the journal ... Read more

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Alcohol Fuels Liver Disease in Those With HIV and Hepatitis C

Posted 7 May 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 7, 2014 – People infected with both HIV and hepatitis C are much more likely to develop advanced liver disease if they drink any alcohol at all, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed data from thousands of participants in a Veterans Affairs study on aging and found the risk of advanced liver fibrosis increased overall with alcohol use but was especially striking in patients with both HIV and hepatitis C (co-infected patients). The data included more than 700 people who were infected with both HIV and hepatitis C, more than 1,400 infected with HIV only, nearly 300 infected with hepatitis C only, and nearly 1,160 uninfected people. Among the study participants who were light drinkers, co-infected patients were 13 times more likely than non-infected people to have advanced liver fibrosis. Among participants who were heavy drinkers, co-infected patients were 21 ... Read more

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The Health Benefits, and Risks, of Alcohol

Posted 20 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 20 – Mirroring so much of life, alcohol consumption comes with plusses and minuses. A lot of recent research has highlighted the potentially beneficial effects on the heart and other parts of the body of drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages. But risks to health exist, too, as well as the more well-known and potentially life-threatening effects of alcohol, including drunken driving and addiction. The Good Alcohol consumption in moderation has been linked to a host of good outcomes. Studies have suggested that drinking alcohol, wine in particular, may reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke, gallstone formation, type 2 diabetes and dementia. It may also give your metabolism a slight boost. "Alcohol, especially red wine, has resveratrol and antioxidants and bioflavonoids and polyphenols, and all of these wonderful things that dilate the arteries and reduce ... Read more

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