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For Pennies a Drink, Higher Taxes Would Help Counter Alcohol's Toll: Study

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 9, 2018 – As a tool to reduce the public health toll of drinking, higher taxes on alcohol get the most bang for the buck, a new study finds. Worldwide, more than 4 percent of diseases and 5 percent of deaths are directly linked with alcohol, previous research suggests. In this study, researchers looked at data from 16 countries to find out which of five alcohol-control strategies ...

'Moderate' Drinking May Be a Brain Buffer

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 2, 2018 – Middle-aged people who drink moderately – no more than a glass of wine a day – may have a relatively lower risk of developing dementia later in life, researchers report. The study, which followed 9,000 British adults for over two decades, found that both heavier drinkers and abstainers had a higher dementia risk than moderate drinkers. Moderate drinking was defined ...

Drinking While Breast-Feeding May Dampen Child's Brain Development

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 30, 2018 – Sorry, new moms, although you've already waited at least nine months, it's not time for a glass of wine just yet: New research suggests it might be best for baby's brain to wait until you've stopped breast-feeding. That's because exposure to alcohol in breast milk was linked to a reduction in thinking and reasoning skills when kids were tested at ages 6 and 7. The effect ...

Drinking and Driving: A Deadly July 4 Cocktail

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 – The July Fourth holiday is one of the year's deadliest in the United States, and drunken driving is a major reason. Last year between the evening of July 1 and the morning of July 5, 188 people nationwide were killed in crashes involving drunk drivers, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). That represented 41 percent of road deaths for the holiday period. "As ...

Tab for Young Binge Drinkers May Be Heart Trouble Later

Posted 27 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 27, 2018 – People who party hard in their 20s could wind up paying for it later with a higher risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Young adults who binge drink are more likely to have heart risk factors such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol levels and higher blood sugar levels, researchers found. "They are engaging in a behavior that can result in something ...

AHA: Aging LGBT Seniors a 'Major Public Health Issue'

Posted 26 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 (American Heart Association) – LGBT people of all ages have experienced health inequalities, but researchers have begun to delve into the consequences of a lifetime of that inequity – and what happens to their health as they grow older. "They've been relatively invisible, undercounted and underserved," said Dr. Karen Fredriksen Goldsen. "We're talking about a major public ...

How Much Drinking Is Healthy -- or Not?

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – People who have a few drinks a week tend to live a bit longer than teetotalers do – but even moderate drinking may raise the risk of certain cancers, a large, new study finds. The research is the latest to look at the question: What level of drinking might be "healthy"? It's a complicated issue to study, and that's led to some confusing public health messages, the ...

Tough State Drunk Driving Laws Save Lives

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – States that get tough on drunk driving see drops in alcohol-related car crash deaths, new research shows. About 30 percent of deaths in car crashes occur when one or more drivers has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher – the legal definition of driving while impaired in the United States, the investigators explained. An additional 20 percent of deaths involve ...

'Low-Alcohol' Booze Labels May Backfire

Posted 18 May 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 18, 2018 – Marketing "light" beer and wine could backfire, increasing the total amount that someone drinks, a new British study warns. "Labeling lower strength alcohol may sound like a good idea if it encourages people to switch drinks, but our study suggests it may paradoxically encourage people to drink more," senior author Theresa Marteau, of the University of Cambridge, said in a ...

Booze Boosts Your Heart Rate

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – You might think that glass of wine or beer helps you relax at the end of a long day, but researchers report that it actually makes your heart race. And the more you drink, the faster your heart beats. To come to that conclusion, German doctors monitored the alcohol consumption and heart rates of more than 3,000 people (average age: 35) at the 2015 Oktoberfest in Munich. ...

Binge Drinking Rampant Among Americans

Posted 16 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 16, 2018 – Americans are on a binge drinking binge. More than 17 billion binge drinks were consumed by American adults in 2015, a new federal government study shows. That works out to an average of 470 drinks per binge drinker. The study also found that 1 in 6 (37 million) American adults binge drink about once a week and down an average of seven drinks per binge. "This study shows ...

Heavy Drinkers Put Themselves at Risk for Dementia

Posted 22 Feb 2018 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 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 ...

Being a Single Dad Can Take a Big Toll on Health

Posted 15 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 14, 2018 – Single dads have been played for laughs in countless TV sitcoms, from "The Andy Griffith Show" and "My Three Sons" up to modern takes such as "Arrested Development" and "Louie." But in real life, being a single dad is tough – so much so that it can lead to an early grave, Canadian researchers report. "We found that single fathers had a threefold higher mortality ...

Fetal Alcohol Cases More Common Than Thought: Study

Posted 6 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 6, 2018 – More U.S. children may be living with brain damage from prenatal drinking than experts have thought, a new study suggests. The study of four U.S. communities found that at least 1 percent to 5 percent of first-graders had a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, or FASD. The prevalence ranged depending on the community. And when the researchers used a less-strict estimate, the ...

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