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Reduce Legal Blood-Alcohol Limit to Cut Drunk Driving Deaths: Report

Posted 1 day 13 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2018 – Lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers are needed to eliminate drunk driving deaths in the United States, according to a new report. All states should lower legal blood alcohol levels for drivers from 0.08 to 0.05 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine reported. The report also calls for significantly higher alcohol taxes and tighter restrictions on alcohol sales. While progress has been made in recent decades, more than 10,000 drunk driving deaths still occur each year in the United States. Since 1982, drunk driving has caused one-third of all traffic deaths on average, the report authors said. Moreover, people other than the drinking driver account for nearly 40 percent of victims in drunk driving crash deaths, the authors noted. "The plateauing fatality rates indicate that what has ... Read more

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Booze May Help or Harm the Heart, But Income Matters

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2018 – Alcohol's effect on heart health, good or ill, may rely in part on the drinker's income, new research suggests. For example, the study of more than 200,000 Norwegian adults found that having a few drinks per week was linked to a lowered odds of dying from heart disease over the 30 years of the study. But that trend was most pronounced in wealthier people. On the other hand, drinking more than that – four to seven drinks per week – was linked to higher rates of heart-linked death, but only for people in the "lowest socioeconomic position," according to a team led by Eirik Degerud, of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo. The findings couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, the researchers believe that any health recommendation that centers on alcohol should keep income levels in mind, since the effects of drinking seem to change depending on a ... Read more

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How to Survive a New Year's Hangover

Posted 30 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 – Excess drinking on New Year's Eve can lead to a painful morning after, with no sure-fire cure available. But helpful strategies for treating a hangover do exist. Hangover symptoms – headache, nausea and dizziness – occur when the body withdraws from alcohol and a chemical called acetaldehyde is produced, Dr. Robert Glatter, an emergency physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a hospital news release. The only "cure" at present is to not imbibe in the first place. Glatter said that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any treatments for a hangover and isn't likely to do so anytime soon. Instead, he offered these suggestions: Drink in moderation, and eat before you drink. That's because the food will slow the absorption of the alcohol. A meal with high levels of protein and fat may do an especially good job of slowing the ... Read more

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How Good Is Your New Year's Bubbly? Listen Closely

Posted 30 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 29, 2017 – Pop! goes the New Year's corks – and the bubbles that result might point to how high-quality your champagne is, researchers say. "We came across the idea that bubbles play an important role in the quality of a sparkling wine," said study lead researcher Kyle Spratt, from the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin. So he said his team decided to drop a hydrophone – an underwater listening device – "into a glass and see what kind of sound we can hear" based on how high-quality the beverage was. "Bubbles are very resonant," Spratt said in a university news release. "They basically ring like bells, and the frequency of that ringing depends in part on the size of the bubbles. There is a well-known notion that the quality of a sparkling wine is correlated to the size of its bubbles, and we are investigating whether the bubble size ... Read more

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Drinking More Wine These Days? Your Glass May Be to Blame

Posted 14 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Wonder why people seem to be drinking more these days? Perhaps it's the size of their wine glass. British researchers suggest there's a connection between the rise in drinking – especially wine – in the U.K. since the 1960s and expanding wine glass sizes since the 1990s. They noted that wine glass volume has increased seven-fold over what it was 300 years ago. The University of Cambridge researchers found that the average capacity of wine glasses in England increased from 66 milliliters (mL) (.07 quarts) in 1700 to 449 mL (0.5 quarts) in 2017. "For the most part, this was gradual, but since the 1990s, the size has increased rapidly," lead researcher Zorana Zupan said in a university news release. "Whether this led to the rise in wine consumption in England, we can't say for certain, but a wine glass 300 years ago would only have held about a half of today's ... Read more

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Higher Booze Taxes Might Pay Off for Public Health

Posted 13 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 13, 2017 – Raising one particular tax just might have a public health benefit. The tax in question? States' alcohol excise tax. In the United States, those taxes have not kept pace with inflation, which could limit their public health benefits, researchers report. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the average state alcohol excise tax has fallen by 30 percent for beer, 27 percent for wine and 32 percent for spirits since 1991, the new study found. The average state excise tax on alcohol is 3 cents for a 12-ounce beer, 3 cents for a 5-ounce glass of wine, and 5 cents for a typical shot of liquor, according to the report published in the January issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Raising those taxes not only could help states raise more revenue, but also might improve alcohol-related public health issues and costs related to excessive drinking, the ... Read more

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Think Before You Drink

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 4, 2017 – With the traditional flood of holiday parties and festivities approaching, chances to drink excessively increase. So, what to do? Start by taking a closer look, now, at your drinking habits, one mental health expert suggests. "The holidays generate both positive and negative emotions, and drinking is one of the methods that people often use to cope," said Dr. Karen Miotto, a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Overwhelmed from the time-pressured schedules, people may see alcohol as a shortcut to relax," she said in a UCLA news release. "While there is nothing wrong with enjoying yourself or unwinding, listen to your body and keep yourself safe. A hangover the next day is a large price to pay for a night of letting go with alcohol." Besides using alcohol to unwind, another common reason people give for drinking is that ... Read more

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The Booze You Choose Can Sway Your Mood

Posted 22 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 22, 2017 – The booze you choose can frequently steer your mood, according to a new global survey. About half of those who drink red wine and beer said it makes them feel relaxed and mellow, results from the Global Drug Survey show. Roughly two of five beer drinkers said the suds make them feel confident, while one-quarter of red wine drinkers said they feel sexier after a glass. Hard liquor causes the wildest mood swings, the researchers found. Nearly 60 percent of liquor drinkers said the booze makes them feel energized and confident, but they also were more likely to feel aggressive, ill, restless or tearful compared with people drinking red wine or beer. For example, nearly one-third of hard liquor imbibers said they were more likely to feel aggressive after a shot or two, compared with 2.5 percent of red wine drinkers and just under 7 percent of beer drinkers, the ... Read more

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Face It: Drinking, Smoking Takes Toll on Looks

Posted 16 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 16, 2017 – Don't want to look old before your time? A new study suggests that heavy drinking and smoking – besides posing serious health risks – make people look older than they actually are. The research tracked more than 11,500 Danish adults, aged 21 to 93, for an average of nearly 12 years. Women consumed, on average, 2.6 alcoholic drinks a week, and men consumed 11.4 drinks a week. Smokers included 57 percent of the women and 67 percent of the men. Heavy drinking and smoking were associated with visible signs of physical aging and people looking older than their age. Specifically, signs of aging included earlobe creases; a grayish opaque ring around the cornea of both eyes; and yellow-orange plaques on the eyelids. Light to moderate drinking was not linked with visible premature aging, the researchers said. The study was published online Nov. 15 in the Journal of ... Read more

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Holiday Parties Minus the Calorie Crunch

Posted 13 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – Holiday parties are fun social gatherings, but they can also be diet disasters. Here's how to enjoy yourself while sparing yourself hundreds of extra calories. First, eat healthy in the hours leading up to the party. Focus on lean protein, whole grains and simply prepared fruits and vegetables to pack your day with nutrients, suggests the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Don't attempt to starve yourself or create a calorie deficiency thinking this will give yourself leeway to splurge – that strategy often boomerangs. At the event, set a firm drink limit. Calories can quickly add up when the alcohol is flowing. Two 5-ounce glasses of white wine top 200 calories, so keep a running tally in your head or, even better, a calorie-counting app. Have a glass of plain or sparkling water between alcoholic drinks. This will help you stay hydrated (alcohol acts like a ... Read more

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These Foods May Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis Pain

Posted 8 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 8, 2017 – Have rheumatoid arthritis? Treat yourself to some blueberries and a cup of green tea. They're among the foods that could ease the pain, swelling and stiffness in your joints and even slow progression of the disease, researchers say. Dried plums, pomegranates, whole grains, the spices ginger and turmeric, and olive oil may also help. These foods appear to reduce inflammation, as well as joint stiffness and pain, according to the authors of a paper published Nov. 8 in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition. "Regular consumption of specific dietary fibers, vegetables, fruits and spices, as well as the elimination of components that cause inflammation and damage, can help patients to manage the effects of rheumatoid arthritis," study author Bhawna Gupta said in a journal news release. Gupta is an assistant professor in the School of Biotechnology at KIIT University in ... Read more

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Even Light Drinking May Raise Your Cancer Risk

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – Maybe you should skip that glass of wine tonight, because even light drinking increases your risk of cancer, warns a new statement from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). "People typically don't associate drinking beer, wine and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes," said ASCO President Dr. Bruce Johnson. "However, the link between increased alcohol consumption and cancer has been firmly established and gives the medical community guidance on how to help their patients reduce their risk of cancer," he said in a society news release. Alcohol is directly responsible for 5 to 6 percent of new cancers and cancer deaths worldwide, according to the statement. The paper cites evidence tying light, moderate or heavy drinking to higher risk of common malignancies such as breast, colon, esophagus, and head and neck ... Read more

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Abusing Pot, Booze Lowers Teens' Chances for Success in Life

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – The American dream of success is a lot harder to attain for teenagers who use pot and alcohol, especially if they become substance abusers, a new study reports. Teen pot smokers and drinkers struggle to achieve some of the hallmarks of adult success, including obtaining a college degree, getting married, holding down a full-time job and earning a good living, the researchers found. "Parents should try to delay their children's onset of use as much as possible," said research supervisor Victor Hesselbrock, chairman of addiction studies at the University of Connecticut. "If you can push regular use back well into adolescence, the kids do a lot better." The researchers have been tracking the life course of 1,165 young adults from across the United States, most of whom come from a family with a history of alcoholism, Hesselbrock said. Participants' habits were first ... Read more

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5 Diet Minefields to Avoid

Posted 6 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 6, 2017 – All-you-can-eat buffets are known diet disasters, but they're far from the only minefields you're likely to face. Plan ahead to avoid these 5 high-calorie situations. First up is the office birthday party. If there's a gooey cake every month, suggest a fruit bouquet or bring your own portion-controlled treat to have instead. Another option is to eat beforehand so you're not ravenous, say experts at Georgetown University Wellness. Second is potluck dinners with high-carb choices. Volunteer to bring a vegetable-based soup, salad or fruit. Resist the urge to sample everything. If you're encouraged to overeat, simply explain that you're watching calories. And remember that the calories in alcoholic drinks – even simple red wine – count, and add up quickly. Next are street and country fairs. Fried dough, hot dogs, cotton candy – the choices are rarely healthy. Go ... Read more

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Alcoholic Parent May Sow Seeds for Teen Dating Violence

Posted 31 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 31, 2017 – Having an alcoholic parent may increase the risk that a teen will commit dating violence, researchers say. Their new study also found that the root causes of teen dating violence may be planted as early as infancy. "Although teen dating violence is typically viewed as a problem related specifically to adolescent development, our findings indicate that the risk for aggressive behavior and involvement in dating violence are related to stressors experienced much earlier in life," said study author Jennifer Livingston. She's a senior research scientist at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions. "It appears that family dynamics occurring in the preschool years and in middle childhood are critical in the development of aggression and dating violence in the teenage years," Livingston said in a university news release. The study included 144 teens ... Read more

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