What Is Moderate Drinking or Drinking in Moderation?

What is moderate drinking? Unfortunately, official guidelines describing moderate drinking provide very conflicting information to consumers. Yet the medical evidence already exists about what levels of drinking promote good health and longer life. It also exists about what levels are associated with harms. And its available to governments everywhere.   An examination of official guidelines …

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Alcohol Tests (Hair, Saliva, Sweat) Accurate? What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself

Alcohol tests of the breath estimate blood alcohol concentration or BAC. Only blood tests can actually measure it. Other tests can also estimate drinking. They include hair, saliva and sweat tests. Discover the strengths and weaknesses of these different alcohol tests. I. Hair Alcohol Tests Hair alcohol tests can’t distinguish between not drinking and moderate drinking. …

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Alcohol Ads up 400% but Drinking Stays Same: Surprised?

Alcohol ads are popularly believed to cause increased alcohol consumption. Why else, it is argued, would alcohol companies spend so much money on advertising? Good question. Companies don’t care about overall alcohol consumption. They only care about their own sales. Effective advertising can increase a company’s share of the market. Therefore, each company wants to …

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Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD): What Is It? Alcoholism?

Alcohol use disorder or AUD Is this just another name for alcoholism? For alcohol abuse? Exactly what is it?  To understand alcohol use disorder, it is helpful to understand the terms that came before it. Alcohol Use Disorder: Background The major authority defining such matters is the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). …

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Drinking While Pregnant and Later Child Growth: Facts Important During Pregnancy

Drinking while Pregnant Study Drinking while pregnant and its effects on the size of infants at birth has been studied in earlier research. This study examined the association between drinking while pregnant and children’s height and weight from birth to age 10. Data came from 7,597 mother-child pairs. Occasional or light daily drinking while pregnant …

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