Category: Alcohol

Kudzu for Hangovers. Does It Help Sober Up & Relieve Hangovers?

Kudzu and alcohol

Can people use kudzu for hangovers? Does it help people sober up? Background Kudzu is an invasive vine that flourishes in many states. It’s very common in eastern and southeastern parts of the US. The government promoted it this Asian plant for animal fodder and erosion control. Traditional Chinese medicine has used the plant for …

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Drinking Alcohol and RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis): Life Quality 

alcohol and RA

What is the link between drinking alcohol and RA (rheumatoid arthritis). RA is a chronic condition. It causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. It usually affects the hands, wrists, and feet. Symptoms typically occur on both sides of the body. For instance, in both feet or in both wrists. Sadly, there’s no cure …

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Alcohol Guidelines Fail: Self-Underreporting Is Usual

alcohol guidelines fail

Federal alcohol guidelines fail. That is, they’re too low. That’s because most people greatly under report their alcohol drinking. Suppose a study shows a medical problem may occur if people report drinking four drinks per day. That really means that the problem might occur if they have five, six, or many more drinks daily. The …

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Drugs, Alcohol and Sex: Drugs Added to Alcohol

alcohol and sex

Drugs, alcohol and sex. What happens when young adults who drink also do drugs? Do they have more negative sexual experiences in the last three months? I. The Study   Researchers1sought the answer. To do so, they studied three categories of people. Alcohol only. A second group, alcohol plus marijuana. A third group, alcohol plus …

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Alcohol and Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk: Are they Associated?

alcohol and RA

Are drinking alcohol and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) risk linked? RA is a very serious, painful, and disfiguring disease. And it’s incurable. Millions of people around the world are crippled by RA. RA is an inflammatory disease. And it’s autoimmune condition. The reasons are not known. Instead of attacking an infection, the immune system attacks the victim’s …

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Alcohol and Dementia Risk among Older People

Researchers wanted to test drinking alcohol and dementia risk. In this case, they studied older Mexican-Americans.  I. The Study In 2004/05 they studied a group of people. They were aged 75 or older. It was an analysis of 1,255 people. All were Mexican-Americans living in the U.S. southwest. They were tested for memory, language, and …

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To-Go Alcohol and Drunk Driving Deaths: Is There a Link?

COVID-19, Alcohol, and Unemployment

Are to-go alcohol and drunk driving deaths linked? That’s a very important important question. A researcher decided to find out. Discover here what he found. I. Introduction. To-go alcoholic beverage may be for curbside or delivery. It was temporarily made legal in many states. This was to help restaurants, bars, and liquor stores survive the …

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Anti-Alcohol Bias: Governments, Agencies, Researchers, etc.

anti-alcohol bias

A reader emailed this question. “Why do so many researchers, governments, agencies, etc. put so much energy into showing the negative effects of alcohol? It seems like there’s a concerted effort to discredit all alcohol consumption.” In other words, why all the anti-alcohol bias?    That’s an excellent question. But the answer is fairly simple. …

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Impact of Non-medical Cannabis Legalization on Substance Use

Impact of Non-medical Cannabis

What was the impact of non-medical cannabis legalization in the state of Washington on the use of other substances? Particularly among young adults? The Study Researchers focused on alcohol consumption, cigarette use, e-cigarette use, pain medication misuse, and heavy episodic drinking (HED). To do so, they used data from six annual surveys of a state-wide …

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Independent Order of Good Samaritans & Daughters of Samaria

Order of Good Samaritans

Temperance activists formed the Independent Order of Good Samaritans in New York City in 1847. It admitted African-Americans to membership. Thus, it was the first fraternal group in the US “to recognize the humanity in man, no matter what his color.” The next year the Order admitted women. Then it became the Independent Order of …

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