Category: Health

Moderate drinkers tend to have better health and live longer than those who are either abstainers or heavy drinkers. In addition to having fewer heart attacks and strokes, moderate consumers of alcoholic beverages (beer, wine and distilled spirits or liquor) are generally less likely to suffer strokes, diabetes, arthritis, enlarged prostate, dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease), and several major cancers.

Alcohol and Cognitive Function in Ageing: Can Drinking Alcohol Help?

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The relation between drinking alcohol and cognitive function in ageing (or aging) is important. Most people drink and most look forward to mentally active ageing. But is there a connection between the two? I. The Study Researchers wanted to learn the answer. Therefore, they looked at participants drawn from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). …

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Alcohol and Chronic Kidney Disease (Review of the Evidence)

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Is there a connection between drinking alcohol and chronic kidney disease? This is an important question. For example, 37 million people in the U.S. have chronic kidney disease. Also, many millions more are at risk. And most people in the country drink alcohol. I. Risk  These are risk factors for developing the disease. Abnormal kidney  …

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Avoid Frailty in Ageing (Research Suggests How to Do It!)

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I. Frailty It’s important to avoid frailty in ageing. That’s because frailty is linked to poor health, disability, and death. Of course, being healthy helps ward off frailty. But specifically, what can we do to reduce our chance of frailty in ageing? Most research has studied those who are already of advanced age. Also, it …

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Alcohol and Diabetic Retinopathy (Drinking Alcohol is Protective)

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Are alcohol and diabetic retinopathy linked? There is strong evidence that they are. But first, what is diabetic retinopathy? I. The Disease of Diabetic Retinopathy Diabetic retinopathy is a disease that causes impaired vision or even total blindness. It does so by damaging blood vessels in the retina. The retina is needed for vision. This disease …

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Alcohol Research Funding: Alcohol Industry Leads to Biased Findings?

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I. Potential Problem Industry funding of research can sometimes bias research findings. That was the case of tobacco company support of smoking research. Many people are concerned that alcohol research funding on health effects of moderate drinking by producers may bias the findings. That’s a very logical and sound concern. Here’s a good example of …

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How to Drink Alcohol in Moderation (Practical Help)

Drink Alcohol in Moderation

Practicing Alcohol Moderation: A Comprehensive Workbook is a practical guide on how to drink in moderation. It’s written by Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC. She is co-founder and Clinical Director of Insights Into Action Therapy and Insight Recovery Centers. The book is based on harm reduction. That is, recognizing goals short of abstinence as legitimate. …

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Alcohol and Blood Vessel Function: Moderate Drinking Helpful 

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Researchers wanted to know if there is a link between drinking alcohol and blood vessel function or health. The endothelium is the thin interior surface of small blood vessels. Endothelial dysfunction (ED) is when it fails to perform all of its important functions normally. As a result, several bad things can happen to the tissues …

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Alcohol Lowers Dementia Risk Nearly 40% (Discover More!)

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Millions of people suffer from dementia. It’s a cruel disease for both the victims and their loved ones. Fortunately, there’s much scientific evidence that drinking alcohol lowers dementia risk. The following study found the decrease to be much lower. The Study Researchers studied 3,069 community-living adults. They were aged 75 years and older without dementia …

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Drinking in Pregnancy Beneficial to Children if Light?

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Is drinking in pregnancy beneficial to the children born? Could light drinking actually help children? If so, should pregnant women drink a little? The Research Researchers used a nationally representative sample of infants born in the UK. The infants were part of the U.K. Millennium Cohort Study. That project followed the health of children born …

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Alcohol and Prostate Cancer (Does Drinking Increase Risk?)

Cancer of the prostate gland is the most common form of cancer in men in the US. In fact, almost 200,000 men are diagnosed with the disease each year. Therefore, the subject of drinking alcohol and prostate cancer risk concerns many men. A number of medical organizations have carefully analyzed the medical research evidence. They …

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