Category: Misinformation

Most Heavy Drinkers Consume Less over Time: Learn Why Some Don’t

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Many people believe that heavy or problem drinking1 leads to alcoholism or alcohol dependence.2  Researchers tested this idea. They found that most heavy drinkers consume less alcohol over time. First, researchers identified problem drinkers through random-digit-dial telephone screening northern California. Then they made in-person interviews with 672 people. The mean age of the sample was 35 …

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Alcohol and Traumatic Injury Deaths: Discover More!

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Drinking alcohol and traumatic injury deaths. Does alcohol improve survival? Evidence strongly suggests that alcohol reduces death from traumatic injury. The reason may be that alcohol reduces damaging inflamation. Most research finds that a positive blood alcohol concentration (BAC) helps patients survive traumatic injury. And this is true for both traumatic brain injury patients and …

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Alcohol Ads and Underage Drinking (What Does Science Say?)

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Are alcohol ads and underage drinking related? Can reducing or eliminating alcohol ads on TV reduce underage drinking? Simple solutions to complex issues are always temping. Unfortunately, news reports can mislead if they don’t accurately summarize research findings. Misleading Reporting In reporting the findings of a study1 on the subject, the New York Times failed to …

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Sin Taxes on Alcohol Beverages: What You Need to Know

Taxes on alcohol beverages are often called “sin taxes.” Perhaps that’s a justification for raising them. The news is full of debates about increasing so-called . But what’s sinful about alcoholic beverages? Absolutely nothing. Saint Thomas Aquinas said that no substance is sinful, “but only the misuse of it that makes it so.” Healthful Drinking …

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