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Study Casts Doubt on Light Drinking's Benefits

Posted 3 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3, 2018 – If you think your nightly glass of vino is doing good things for your health, think again. A new study suggests that folks who like to tip back a drink or two every day are more likely to die prematurely. "At any given age, if you drink daily – even just one or two drinks – you have a 20 percent increased risk of death compared to someone who drinks the same amount ...

Genes May Control How Tough It Is to Stop Drinking

Posted 25 Sep 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 25, 2018 – When they give up booze, some alcoholics have more severe withdrawal symptoms than others. This discrepancy may come down to genetics, researchers say. The Yale University team hopes its findings ultimately lead to treatments that ease the discomfort of "detox." Heavy drinkers can develop shakes, nausea, headaches, anxiety and changes in blood pressure when going ...

Is Teen Drinking Tied to Aggressive Prostate Cancer Later in Life?

Posted 29 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 29, 2018 – Teen boys who drink may raise their risk for aggressive prostate cancer decades later, a preliminary study suggests. Compared to non-drinkers, men who reported having at least one alcoholic drink a day between ages 15 and 19 had more than triple the odds of developing aggressive prostate cancer in adulthood, the researchers said. The study doesn't prove that alcohol ...

Alcohol Helps Kill 2.8 Million People Globally Each Year

Posted 24 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 23, 2018 – Alcohol contributes to 2.8 million deaths a year worldwide, and there is no safe level of alcohol consumption, researchers say. The new analysis of hundreds of studies conducted between 1990 and 2016 found that one in three people worldwide (2.4 billion people) drink alcohol, and that 6.8 percent of men and 2.2 percent of women die of alcohol-related health problems ...

'Moderate' Drinking May Help the Heart, But Only If You Stick With It: Study

Posted 22 Aug 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 22, 2018 – Could a habit of consistent "moderate" drinking – a little more than two drinks a day for men, and slightly less for women – actually help your heart? That's the suggestion from a new study of more than 35,000 British and French adults whose health and drinking habits were tracked for a decade. The investigators found that consistent, moderate tippling was tied to ...

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

Posted 9 Aug 2018 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 2 Aug 2018 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 30 Jul 2018 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. ...

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