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A couple of drinks a day aren’t bad for you and may even be good for you.
That’s been the message — from researchers, governments, and beverage companies — for decades. And as a result, many of us don’t think twice about tossing back a couple of glasses or wine or a few beers after work.
But maybe we should. Because it turns out the story about the health effects of moderate drinking is shifting pretty dramatically. New research on alcohol and mortality, and a growing awareness about the rise in alcohol-related deaths in the US, is causing a reckoning among researchers about even moderate levels of alcohol consumption.
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We don’t trust nutrition studies funded by soda companies. Why would we trust alcohol studies funded by the booze industry?
The controversial term may be new, but the goal is the same: Drink less. And I do.
In an attempt to clarify the confusing information about what levels of alcohol are safe vs. risky, a new study in The Lancet reports that the "safe" upper limit for alcohol consumption may be less than we thought, at least here in the U.S. The study largely confirms what other research in the last few years has suggested: that low levels of alcohol consumption seem to be best, whereas "moderate" drinking may actually be too much.
We see patients with toxic alcohol poisoning most commonly in three clinical scenarios. One, which is usually relatively straightforward, after an intentional suicide attempt where they tell you exactly what they took; the next scenario is a bit more challenging – when they come in agitated and won’t give you a history and the third – also very challenging – the inebriated patient found down. Alcohol is everywhere, and inevitably inebriated people show up at your ED with a myriad of medical and psychiatric problems – we’re all familiar with these patients. Or they are simply very drunk. And most of them just need to sober up and can be sent home.
Still, you should probably take a night off here and there.
Once again, we’ve been told that something we eat or drink is going to kill us. Once again, we’re provided an opportunity: A more nuanced discussion of risk — and how we communicate it — can leave us much happier, and perhaps healthier.
Depending with whom you speak, alcohol can be a villain or it can be a hero. We have long known that alcohol can help reduce the stress of everyday life, and even relaxes our most tightly wound friends and associates. Recent data also suggests that fairly regular alcohol ingestion is actually good for your heart.
This ChemCases.com unit looks at the chemistry of beverage alcohol (ethyl alcohol) through the eyes of a General Chemistry student.
The substance has nourished and intoxicated animal life long before humans walked upright. Yet our manipulation and consumption of alcohol led to profound physical and cultural effects—and helped make us who we are.
Generations of kids have been warned that marijuana is the gateway drug to more dangerous substances. It's a classic case of both logical fallacy and government misinforming the public—all while a likelier candidate has been pushed on kids with government sanction.
More people are consuming alcohol in risky ways. That’s not a good trend.
Alcohol has an effect on your brain, perhaps at lower levels than previously thought.
Drinking moderately might still be affecting your brain, even if you never black out.
This Microbiome study alone is not proof of what specifically happens when you put something with greater than zero proof in your mouth. More studies are needed. Call this another way that you don't quite know what's going on when you drink.
The ethanol in kombucha has some regulators concerned about the popular microbial drink.
Researchers found a link after analyzing 119 studies; exercise mitigates the damage.
Support for lowering the minimum legal drinking age comes from the most unexpected places, several American colleges. Does it makes sense?
The health consequences of heavy alcohol use, and particularly binge drinking, are huge, both in the short and long terms. Immediately, binge drinking can lead to drunk driving, accidental injuries, risky sexual behavior, and violence.
If you have 4 to 5 drinks in one sitting at least once a week, that's considered high-risk behavior.
For many years, researchers believed red wine might be a magical elixir. This notion dated back to the 1990s and what's known as the "French paradox" — the observation that the French drank lots of wine and had lower rates of cardiovascular disease. We now know this is likely wrong. Scientists have since discovered that drinking very small amounts of any type of alcohol — no more than one drink a day for women, two for men — may have some modest health and heart benefits. There's nothing special about red wine on this score. It could be white wine, or beer, or whiskey.
Alcohol allergies are pretty rare, but intolerance is a lot more common.
As we're sipping away on a glass of stout or Merlot, we probably take for granted our ability to digest the alcohol in the drink. Alcohol, or dietary ethanol (as scientists like to call it), is technically a toxin — imbibing too much can lead to a hangover and even poisoning, of course.
THE BOTTOM LINE -- It is the total quantity of alcohol consumed, not combined, that influences intoxication and sickness.
The myth of a safe level of drinking is a powerful claim. It is one that many health professionals appear to believe in and that the alcohol industry uses to defend its strategy of making the drug readily available at low prices. However, the claim is wrong and the supporting evidence flawed.
We hear many different things about how alcohol affects the brain and body, most notably that it is a depressant. That's only part of the story. Alcohol is a depressant, but it's also an indirect stimulant, and plays a few other roles that might surprise you.
The truth about drinking is going to disappoint you. Not because it’s scary, but because it’s still inconclusive. There’s no amount of routine drinking that will definitively kill you (although acute alcohol poisoning can be fatal). Though the data suggest drinking alcohol over time correlates with a shorter life span, the truth is scientists still don’t know if it actually causes health problems that lead life to end sooner, despite headlines suggesting otherwise.
Researchers are changing how they study the risks of alcohol — and it’s making drinking look worse.
Alcohol 101 Plus, an innovative program that aims to help college students make safe and responsible decisions about alcohol. Set on a virtual campus, this award winning program features contents designed to address the problems of specific at-risk populations in college settings:
CollegeDrinkingPrevention.gov is your one-stop resource for comprehensive research-based information on issues related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college students.
We at DrinkSavvy hold the crazy belief that your evenings should be spent having fun. That's why we are developing trendy new DrinkSavvy cups, glasses, and straws/stirrers that look and function normally, except they will immediately change color to warn you when someone slips a date rape drug into your drink.
The mission of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is to stop drunk driving, support the victims of this violent crime and prevent underage drinking.” To date, MADD’s work has saved 300,000 lives…and counting.
StopAlcoholAbuse.Gov is a comprehensive portal of Federal resources for information on underage drinking and ideas for combating this issue.
The Center of Alcohol Studies is a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to acquisition and dissemination of knowledge on psychoactive substance use and related phenomena with primary emphasis on alcohol use and consequences.
The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) employs a public health approach to prevent and reduce alcohol-related problems among young people. To this end, our work focuses on the marketing variables of product, place, promotion and price, and the role these variables play in youth drinking and related problems.
One too many glasses of rosé might not be the only thing to blame for those horrible hangovers — you could also be allergic to alcohol. Learn the signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for and why certain bevvies might affect you more than others.