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'Low-Alcohol' Booze Labels May Backfire

Posted 8 days ago 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 ...

'IV Lounges' Are the Latest Health Fad, But Are They Safe?

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 31, 2018 – "Rent-a-drip" IV lounges are popping up across the country, promising speedy recovery for hangover sufferers, jet lag victims and others seeking an intravenous solution to modern dilemmas. But experts say these lounges are at best a waste of money and at worst potentially dangerous. "The whole thing is really nonsense," said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a professor of ...

Resolutions to Cut Drinking May Be Tough to Keep

Posted 30 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 30, 2018 – New Year's resolutions to curb drinking are likely made with the best intentions. But wishful thinking often isn't enough, a new survey suggests. The survey, of nearly 3,000 "higher-risk" drinkers, found that roughly 20 percent wanted to cut back in the near future. But six months later, there were no signs that their motivations had turned into action. On average, all ...

Parents, Giving Kids Alcohol Does More Harm Than Good

Posted 25 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 25, 2018 – Parents are mistaken if they think giving their teens alcohol removes drinking-related risks, a groundbreaking Australian study finds. In many countries, parents provide alcohol to their underage kids as a way to introduce them to drinking carefully, and believe it will protect them from the harms of heavy drinking. But the practice appears to do more harm than good. ...

Teen Drinking Ups Risk for Liver Diseases Later

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – Men who started drinking in their teens are at increased risk for liver disease, Swedish researchers report. "Our study showed that how much you drink in your late teens can predict the risk of developing cirrhosis later in life," said lead investigator Dr. Hannes Hagstrom, with the Center for Digestive Diseases and Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm. The finding ...

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

Posted 17 Jan 2018 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 ...

Booze May Help or Harm the Heart, But Income Matters

Posted 2 Jan 2018 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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