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Who Drinks More -- Couples or Singles?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 18, 2016 – People who are married or live together drink less than single people, according to a new study. The findings show that "once you're in a committed relationship, your drinking frequency declines permanently, whereas quantity goes back up if you exit that relationship," said lead author Diana Dinescu, a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. The researchers looked at more than 2,400 twin pairs (about 1,600 female pairs and more than 800 male pairs). They found that those who were married drank less alcohol and drank less often than those who were single or divorced. This isn't the first study to show that married adults drink less than their peers without partners. But by focusing on twins, the authors said genetic predispositions and differences in upbringing would be less likely to affect the results. "It seems that intimate ... Read more

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Unhealthy Habits May Cost Canadians 6 Years of Life

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – Poor habits that take a toll on health are also costing Canadians an average of six fewer years of life, new research suggests. And the researchers contended the reverse was true – folks with the healthiest lifestyles lived nearly 18 years longer than those with the poorest health-related lifestyles. Smoking, an unhealthy diet, a lack of physical activity and excess alcohol use were the likely causes of about 50 percent of Canadian deaths, the researchers said. "Unhealthy behaviors place a major burden on Canadian life expectancies," said lead author Dr. Doug Manuel, a senior scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, said in a hospital news release. The researchers developed a new algorithm to review national data. The study authors concluded that 26 percent of all Canadian deaths are caused by smoking, 24 percent by inactivity, 12 percent by poor ... Read more

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U.S. College Kids Drink More, Smoke Less Than Others Their Age

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 16, 2016 – There's good news and bad news on America's college kids: They smoke less than other young adults, but they drink more. So finds data from a 2014 – the latest year available – federal government survey of more than 10,000 people aged 18 to 22, about 4,000 of whom were in college. The poll found that compared to others their age, about 60 percent of full-time college students are current drinkers compared to just over half of people their age who aren't in college. About 38 percent of college students said they have had a binge-drinking episode at least once over the past month, compared to about one-third of their peers who weren't in college, the report found. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on one occasion. All of this is "important now that many students are starting, or returning to, college," said Fran Harding, who directs the ... Read more

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Would Weaker Beer Help Reduce Alcohol's Harms?

Posted 15 days ago 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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Keep Illicit Drugs, Booze Out of the Home to Lower Teens' Addiction Risk: Study

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 – Easy access to alcohol and drugs at home can raise the odds that teens will become drinkers and drug users as young adults, a new study suggests. According to the study, "the availability of illegal drugs and alcohol in the home while growing up is a critical factor in the later use of substances," said study author Cliff Broman, a professor of sociology at Michigan State University. His team analyzed data from about 15,000 young Americans who, on average, were surveyed at ages 16, 22 and 29. Overall, teens who had alcohol and illegal drugs available to them started drinking and using drugs at a younger age, and used more alcohol and drugs in their 20s. This finding was stronger among males than females. Whites were more likely to drink and use drugs as young adults than blacks, Hispanics and Asians, even though Hispanics and Asians generally had easier ... Read more

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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 than 12,000 American adults. The researchers found that heavy drinkers (more than one drink a day for women and more than two drinks a day for men) and people who binge-drink at least once a month had less nitric oxide in their exhaled breath than non-drinkers. Binge-drinking is consuming four or more drinks per occasion for women and five or more drinks for men. Also, the researchers found that the more alcohol heavy drinkers consumed, the lower the level of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps ... Read more

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Mental Illness May Make Teens Vulnerable to Drugs, Alcohol

Posted 5 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 5, 2016 – Teens who are struggling with mental health disorders are more likely to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol and use marijuana, a new Brazilian study suggests. Researchers reviewed self-reported data from more than 4,000 high school students in Sao Paulo. The teens were between the ages of 15 and 18. They came from 128 public and private schools. Just under half had clinically significant symptoms of mental health conditions. Another 8 percent had some symptoms, and 44 percent had no symptoms, the study revealed. During the previous month, 38 percent of teens had used alcohol, 9 percent said they'd used tobacco and 7 percent had used marijuana. When asked about frequent use, 2 percent of teens said they frequently used alcohol, tobacco or marijuana, the study found. Teens with clinically significant symptoms of mental health problems were more likely to use alcohol, ... Read more

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Lots of Red Meat, an Earlier Grave?

Posted 1 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 1, 2016 – If you turn to red meat as your main source of protein, you could be shortening your life, a new study suggests. People who get more of their protein from plant sources have an overall lower risk of dying early than those who consume a lot of animal protein, the researchers said. However, not all animal proteins carry the same level of risk, said lead researcher Dr. Mingyang Song. He is a nutrition research fellow with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. And many of the red meat eaters also had unhealthy habits such as drinking and smoking, the researchers said. "We found protein from red meat, particularly processed red meat, is strongly associated with mortality," he said. "The protein from fish or chicken is not really associated with mortality." The study findings make a case for including more plant protein in your daily diet: For every ... Read more

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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 that lifestyle plays a powerful role in cancer risk," said Alice Bender, head of nutrition at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR). "Obesity is now linked to 11 types of cancer and alcohol links to six," she said in an institute news release. "We want individuals to know you can take important lifestyle steps to reduce risk for many kinds of cancer." In the new report, experts at the AICR and the World Cancer Research Fund reviewed 46 studies involving more than 15 million adults, ... Read more

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Smoke Less, Drink Less?

Posted 22 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 22, 2016 – Smokers who try to give up tobacco drink less alcohol than other smokers, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed survey data from nearly 6,300 smokers in England, including 144 who said they had attempted to quit smoking the week before they were surveyed. Those who tried to quit cigarettes drank less alcohol and were less likely to binge drink than those who did not try to quit. "These results go against the commonly held view that people who stop smoking tend to drink more to compensate. It's possible that they are heeding advice to try to avoid alcohol because of its link to relapse," said study lead author Jamie Brown, from University College London. The reasons for the findings aren't clear. Smokers may reduce their alcohol consumption when trying to quit smoking to lower the risk of relapse, or people who drink less may be more likely to quit smoking, ... Read more

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9 Out of 10 Strokes Could Be Prevented, Study Finds

Posted 16 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability but the vast majority of strokes are preventable, according to a new study. Researchers discovered that 10 controllable risk factors account for 90 percent of all strokes worldwide. Of these modifiable risk factors, high blood pressure (hypertension) is the most important. "The study confirms that hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor in all regions, and the key target in reducing the burden of stroke globally," said study co-leader Dr. Martin O'Donnell. He is an associate clinical professor in the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, and the HRB-Clinical Research Facility in Galway, Ireland. Preventing strokes is a major public health priority and strategies for reducing people's risk should be based on key preventable causes of stroke, the ... Read more

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The Older the Drinking Age, the Lower the Illness Rates?

Posted 29 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 28, 2016 – States typically raised the minimum drinking age to lower drunk driving rates, but a new study suggests the move could have other health benefits. Researchers say states that prevent people younger than 21 from buying alcohol may also curb deaths from chronic alcohol-related health issues, such as liver disease and certain cancers. The finding wasn't a surprise for one expert in substance abuse treatment. "We in the treatment field are acutely aware that those who have alcohol and substance abuse problems in adolescence and late adolescence remain at high risk of lifelong problems," said Bruce Goldman, who directs substance abuse services at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. The new study was led by Dr. Richard Grucza, an associate professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis. His team noted that prior research has shown that boosting ... Read more

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Health Risks Higher for LGBT Community

Posted 27 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 27, 2016 – In yet another sign that lesbian, gay and bisexual people face additional health risks, a new study finds they're more likely to drink heavily and smoke. Gay men and bisexuals of both genders are also more likely to report moderate-to-severe "psychological distress," and lesbians have a higher risk of poor or fair health than other women, the researchers reported. The study, which mirrors the findings of earlier research, doesn't determine why gay, lesbian and bisexual people face these higher health risks. However, the study authors suggested that discrimination causes stress and could be a contributing factor. "Stigma and discrimination against the LGBT population can lead to lower levels of self-esteem and cause feelings of shame and rejection," explained study author Gilbert Gonzales. He is an assistant professor with Vanderbilt University School of ... Read more

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Mixed News on Drinking and Heart Health

Posted 15 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 14, 2016 – Texans living in "dry" counties are more likely to suffer heart attacks and congestive heart failure than people living in nearby "wet" counties, where alcohol sales are legal, a new study reports. But they're also less likely to suffer from atrial fibrillation, a condition where irregular heart rhythms raise the risk of stroke. "It appears that alcohol is not necessarily all good or all bad for the heart – it's more complex than that," said senior author Dr. Gregory Marcus, director of clinical research for the University of California, San Francisco Division of Cardiology. "One size does not fit all," Marcus added. "These data suggests that there may be some in whom alcohol – presumably in moderation – would be of benefit, and others where it would do harm." Residents of wet Texas counties, for instance, have a 9 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 ... Read more

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Health Tip: Take Steps to Stay Mentally Healthy

Posted 13 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Mental health is as important as physical health, so take steps to keep yourself well. The University of Michigan Health System advises: Regularly do things you enjoy. Create a support network of friends and family. When you need help, don't be afraid to ask for it. Volunteer in your community. Find healthy ways to deal with stress, and find ways to laugh more. Set realistic goals. Don't turn to drugs and alcohol. Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Anxiety and Stress, Opiate Dependence, Social Anxiety Disorder, Drug Dependence, Alcoholism, Hangover, Toxic Reactions Incl Drug and Substance Abuse, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

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