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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 ...

Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone?

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children. Two common medications reversed memory and learning problems in rats exposed to alcohol while in the womb, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. "We've shown you can interfere after the damage from alcohol is done. That's huge," study senior ...

Boozing Can Age You Right Down to Your Cells

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – The more you booze it up, the more your cells age, increasing your risk for age-related health problems like heart disease, diabetes, cancer and dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers studied 134 alcoholics between the ages of 41 and 85 and a control group of people in the same age group who weren't alcoholics. DNA samples revealed that the alcoholics had shortened ...

Think You're a 'Fun Drunk?' A 'Mean Drunk?' Think Again

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – Maybe you think you're the life of the party after your third gin and tonic. Or maybe you worry you'll drink too much and turn into a "mean" drunk. A new study finds that either view could be wrong – that despite what you think, your personality may not change all that much when you drink. Researchers at the University of Missouri-St. Louis had outsiders watch groups of ...

More Booze Won't Beat Back That Hangover

Posted 24 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Contrary to what you might want to believe, a hair of the dog isn't the best remedy after a night of heavy drinking, a substance abuse expert warns. "There's no scientific evidence that having an alcoholic drink will cure a hangover," said Laura Veach. "It will, at best, postpone one." Veach is director of screening and counseling intervention services and training at ...

Tougher Alcohol Laws Mean Fewer Young People Killed on the Road

Posted 13 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 13, 2017 – In U.S. states with the toughest laws to discourage drinking and driving, fewer children and teens were killed in car crashes, a new study shows. Half of motor vehicle accidents that claim the lives of children and teens in the United States are fueled by alcohol, the researchers noted. Of the nearly 85,000 kids and teens killed in car crashes in the United States between ...

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 ...

Kids Landing in ERs After Drinking Parents' E-Cig Nicotine Liquid

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 27, 2016 – A case study highlights the danger liquid nicotine for electronic cigarettes poses to children. Doctors in Oregon described the case of a 6-year-old girl who accidentally swallowed liquid nicotine used in her parents' e-cigarettes. The girl's mother had filled an empty ibuprofen bottle with liquid nicotine that she had mixed herself using unflavored nicotine and ...

Alcohol Can Be a Risky Guest at Holiday Parties

Posted 11 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Dec. 11, 2016 – During the holiday season, gatherings and parties are a part of the festivities. Unfortunately, so are alcohol-related accidents and deaths. Many people who attend seasonal parties seldom drink alcohol, making them more vulnerable to its effects, according to experts at UC Davis Health System in California. Meanwhile, heavy drinkers may use holiday gatherings as an ...

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 ...

U.S. Surgeon General Declares War on Addiction

Posted 18 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 – America's response to alcohol and drug addiction demands a shift in thinking – away from moralizing and toward proven medical treatment instead, the U.S. Surgeon General said Thursday. For too long, addiction has been looked at as a character flaw or a moral failing, rather than as a chronic disease of the brain, Dr. Vivek Murthy said during a morning news conference. ...

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 ...

Heavy Drinking Might Harm the Lungs

Posted 5 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 – Heavy drinking may increase the risk of lung problems, a new study suggests. "Alcohol appears to disrupt the healthy balance in the lung," said study lead author Dr. Majid Afshar, of Loyola University Chicago. He is an assistant professor in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine and department of public health sciences. Afshar's team analyzed data from more ...

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