Alcohol Use While Breastfeeding

Alcohol Use While Breastfeeding

An Australian observational study followed more than 5000 children from infancy to 11 years old–approximately 4700 were ever breast fed. Infants whose mothers drank alcohol while breast-feeding had lower cognitive scores by age 6. These differences were no...
Moderate Alcohol Use Linked to High Blood Pressure

Moderate Alcohol Use Linked to High Blood Pressure

A large meta-analysis of over 360,000 adults and 90,000 newly diagnosed hypertensives found that men who averaged 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day had an increased risk for high blood pressure (RR 1.2). As their alcohol intake increased, so did their hypertension risk. In...
NIH Pulls Funding on Alcohol Study

NIH Pulls Funding on Alcohol Study

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has withdrawn funding for the Moderate Alcohol and Cardiovascular Health Trial (MACH15) because of a possible pro-alcohol primary endpoint and inadequate attention to alcohol hazards like some cancers. Industry funding was...
Women Reaching Equality with Men in Drinking

Women Reaching Equality with Men in Drinking

Researchers have found women have all but caught up with men in their alcohol drinking habits. During earlier decades men were far more likely to drink so much that it affected their health than women. That gap has closed. Women around the world are now nearly as...
Absent Parents Influence Alcohol & Tobacco Use

Absent Parents Influence Alcohol & Tobacco Use

A large U.K. study found when there is an absent parent by age 7, the kids’ risks of smoking and alcohol consumption prior to their teenage years increased by 2.86 and 1.46, respectively. Earlier initiation of these risky behaviors may impact the risk of lung...
Binge Drinking in the U.S.

Binge Drinking in the U.S.

Researchers from CDC studied data from 400,000 U.S. adults and found 1 in 6 U.S. adults (17%) binge drink more than one time per week. Binge drinking is defined as 5 or more drinks for men and four or more drinks for women at one occasion. This accounts for 80,000...
Alcohol and Marijuana Affect College Grades

Alcohol and Marijuana Affect College Grades

The two most commonly used substances on college campuses are alcohol and marijuana. Researchers followed freshmen from two colleges for two years, tracking academic performance and monthly use of alcohol and cannabis. The lowest users of both substances maintained...
Parents Should Stop Giving Teens Alcohol

Parents Should Stop Giving Teens Alcohol

When teens get alcohol from their parents they are more likely to engage in risky drinking practices. This was found in a large study of Australian adolescents ages 13-18. Surprisingly, 15% of teens received alcohol from their parents when they were 13, versus 57%...
Teen Brain Development Hampered by Alcohol

Teen Brain Development Hampered by Alcohol

Researchers studying teenagers for two years found significant negative brain changes is both heavy and moderate drinkers. The more alcohol consumed the worse the outcomes. After controlling for confounders, slower increases in gray matter and accelerated decreases in...
Small Amounts of Alcohol Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

Small Amounts of Alcohol Increase Risk of Breast Cancer

Consuming just one glass of wine (or other alcoholic drink) a day increases the risk of breast cancer, the most common global cause of cancer in women! Excess body fat also increases the risk. Regular physical activity and breastfeeding decrease the risk....
Small Amounts of Alcohol Lead to Brain Damage

Small Amounts of Alcohol Lead to Brain Damage

Researchers studied 530 U.K. non-alcohol dependent adults whose alcohol consumption and cognitive performance was repeatedly assessed for over 30 years. Brain imaging was performed at the most recent visit. After adjustment for potential confounders, even moderate...
Cannabis Use in Alcohol Treatment

Cannabis Use in Alcohol Treatment

Associations were examined between marijuana use and outcomes of treatment for alcohol dependence in about 1200 participants in an 18 week treatment program and a 1 year follow-up. Any use of marijuana resulted in lower abstinence from alcohol. Each day of cannabis...
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