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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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Unhealthy Alcohol Intake a Global Burden

More than 200 diseases and injuries has been attributed to alcohol consumption, according to study lead author Kevin Shield, which includes several types of cancer such as female breast cancer on top of those known effects of drinking such as liver cirrhosis and traffic accidents.  The study, published in a recent issue of the journal Addiction, shows that alcohol was responsible for more than 5% of the global burden of disease and injury, third after hypertension and tobacco smoking. The findings show huge differences by geographical region, number of alcohol consumers, and the amount of alcohol intake and general patterns […]

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Binge drinking is not only a social problem but is a serious health problem as well. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that bingeing on alcoholic drinks is a prevalent problem that is often underestimated especially among female adults and adolescents in the US. The CDC defines binge drinking as consuming four or more alcoholic drinks on one occasion. Researchers found that using this definition, around 14 million US women consume an average of six drinks about three times a month. They also found that it appears that the prevalence of binge drinking […]

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Weekly exercise programs run by Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City have been found to be beneficial for patients with osteoarthritis. A study shows that these low-cost programs which increased their physical activity also improved their balance, decreased their pain, and reduced the frequency of their falls. Because of these, the patients report that they have an improved quality of life as a result of joining the exercise programs. Osteoarthritis is the principal cause of physical disability in the United States. It is estimated that it affects more than 20% of the adult population, or about 50 […]

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New research in Germany shows that people who are dependent on alcohol may have a higher risk for premature death compared to the general population and that the risk is more significant among women. Ulrich John, PhD and colleagues from the University Medicine Greifswald in Germany found that yearly death rates were higher by about 5-fold among female alcohol dependents and almost 2-fold higher among male alcohol dependents compared with other adults in the population. The investigators state that their results which were published recently in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research support previous evidence that demonstrate greater relative risk for […]

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