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Binge Drinking Leads to Liver Damage

Liver damage from alcohol consumption has always been linked to a chronic drinking problem. However, a study at the University of Missouri reveals that there is also a connection between binge drinking and the risk for developing alcoholic liver disease as well as other health problems. The study, which was recently published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, found that binge drinking has a significant effect on the liver, whether it is done occasionally or in combination with chronic drinking.  Author Shivendra Shukla, PhD, Margaret Proctor Mulligan Professor at the University of Missouri School of Medicine states that their study […]

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Two new studies suggest that people who are overweight or obese and consume too much alcohol have a high risk of developing serious liver disease that could lead to death. The first study involved more than 107,000 women in the United Kingdom who were classified according to body mass index (BMI, a measure of body fat) and alcohol consumption. The results of the study, which were recently presented at the International Liver Congress in the Netherlands showed that women who were overweight or obese and drank more than six pints of beer or nine small glasses of wine weekly were […]

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Taste of Alcohol Triggers Urge to Drink More

Scientists have found a genetic basis for developing an addiction to alcohol, which is related to an increase in dopamine levels in the brain. Recent research suggests that even a small taste or smell of beer can flood the brain with the neurotransmitter dopamine, which motivates one to seek more alcohol. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine found that having close relatives who are addicted to alcohol increases one’s likelihood of experiencing a greater surge of dopamine when they taste beer. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays many roles in the brain, but is most often linked with […]

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The new study funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and by the National Institute on Drug Abuse suggests that aerobic exercise may help prevent and reverse some of the changes brought about by heavy alcohol drinking on the brain.  University of Colorado Boulder researchers led by Hollis Karoly, a doctoral student, found that walking, running or bicycling are associated with less brain damage among heavy drinkers. The study, which was published recently in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, included 60 adults who were moderate to heavy drinkers. They had undergone a modified type of […]

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Drinking Alcohol Leads to Unhealthy Eating

Alcohol drinking affects one’s food choices, and this is shown in the differences in the type of food and the amount of calories people consume on days when they drink alcohol compared to those days when they abstain. Rosalind Breslow, a nutritional epidemiologist at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that Americans tend to consume more calories and fat on days when they imbibe alcoholic drinks, showing that drinking influences their eating habits to change towards an unhealthy direction. Breslow found in a previous study that drinking more alcohol leads to a poorer diet in general. Her […]

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