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How Drinking on Long-Haul Flights Could Threaten Your Heart

Booze could threaten a sleeping air passenger's heart health, particularly on long-haul flights, a new study warns.

Alcohol combined with cabin pressure at cruising altitude lowers the amount of oxygen in the blood and raises the heart rate for a long period, even in the young and healthy, researchers explained.

And the more alcohol a person drinks, the greater these effects might b...

More Americans Now Use Marijuana Each Day Than Alcohol

Reflecting changing times and legislation, Americans are now more apt to light up a joint or pop a weed gummy on a daily basis than they are to raise a glass of wine or beer, new research shows.

Among folks who said they used either marijuana or alcohol each day, marijuana became the preferred choice as of 2022, according to study author

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  • May 22, 2024
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  • 'Gig Economy' Job Woes May Lead to Problem Drinking Later

    The “gig economy” could be setting up many young adults for drinking problems later in life, a new study warns.

    People who take poorly paid temp jobs as freelancers or independent contractors are 43% more likely to develop an alcohol-related illness than those with full-time permanent employment, researchers found.

    Those illnesses include mental and behavioral disorders caused b...

    Race, Ethnicity Plays Role in Liver Transplant Survival

    Researchers hope findings from a new study of liver transplant patients will lead to improved interventions for those from racial and ethnic minority groups.

    The study -- led by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas -- found the risk of dying while waiting for a liver transplant was higher among patients from four minority groups. Their risk for a failed transplant was a...

    Fast-Food Outlets, Bars Aren't Great Neighbors for Your Heart

    Living close to a pub, bar or fast-food restaurant doesn't do your heart any favors, a new study finds.

    Folks who live in close proximity to such establishments have a higher risk of heart failure, compared to those who live farther away, researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure

    These findings weren't a complete surprise, said...

    Reddit Posts Show Ozempic, Wegovy Cutting Users' Alcohol Use

    Social media is abuzz with the possibility that newfangled weight loss drugs can also reduce cravings for alcohol, a new study says.

    Across a number of Reddit threads, users of weight-loss drugs like Ozempic reported that they felt less need to drink beer, wine and liquor.

    Threads bearing titles like “Did scientists accidentally invent an anti-addiction drug?” and “I don't kno...

    Tips From an Expert as You Start 'Dry January'

    TUESDAY, Jan. 2, 2024 -- Many folks' New Year resolutions include having a Dry January, and that's a wise move, experts say.

    Taking even a one-month break from booze can lead to significant improvements in physical and mental health, said Jennifer Steiner, an associate professor at Florida State Universit...

    Your New Year's Eve Safety Checklist

    Millions of revelers hit the road after New Year's Eve celebrations and the inevitability of impaired drivers make the holiday one of the nation's deadliest.

    High blood-alcohol levels are a factor in more than 50% of crashes on New Year's Day, the American Safety Council warns. Law enforcement officers will be on alert, with checkpoints and roadblocks in many places to check drivers for s...

    Dreaming of a 'Dry January'? An Expert Offers Tips

    As the New Year approaches, many will commit to a trend called "Dry January," where you stop drinking for a month to get more healthy.

    For years, it's been a tall order to abstain from alcohol when going out, but with a plethora of nonalcoholic "adult" beverages now flooding the market, it's getting easier to wean yourself off alcohol, one expert says.

    From imitation spirits to selt...

    Do You Overindulge During the Holidays? Poll Finds You're Not Alone

    Holiday festivities bring joy to many, but they also give rise to quite a few unhealthy habits, a new survey has found.

    Two-thirds of people say they overindulge in food during the holidays, and nearly half (45%) said they take a break from exercise, according to a new survey from Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.

    Meanwhile, a third admit they drink more alcohol during ...

    Your Wrist Could Give Clues to Future Health

    One day, it may be possible to monitor people for risk of disease through continuously measuring skin temperature.

    Researchers have found in a new study that wrist temperature is associated with future risk of disease.

    “These findings indicate the potential to marry emerging technology with health monitoring in a powerful new way,” said senior author

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  • September 25, 2023
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  • No 'Beer Goggles': Drinking Doesn't Make Others Seem More Attractive, Study Finds

    Many a person has blamed "beer goggles" following a regrettable one-night stand, but a new study suggests that there's no such thing.

    Rather, alcohol acts more like "liquid courage," according to findings published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs -- you become more likely to approach ...

    Drinking May Not Raise Risk of Breast Cancer's Return

    If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may not have to swear off alcohol completely, a new study suggests.

    In it, researchers report that occasional drinking isn't likely to cause a recurrence of breast cancer.

    "The findings suggest drinking alcohol is not associated with an increased risk of having a breast cancer recurrence or dying from the disease," said lead study a...

    Drinking, Often Heavy, Is Common Among Cancer Survivors

    Many Americans diagnosed with cancer continue to drink alcohol regularly — sometimes heavily and sometimes during treatment, a new study shows.

    The study, of over 15,000 U.S. cancer survivors, found that 78% were current drinkers. And of them, significant percentages said they binged or engaged in other "risky" drinking. The same patterns were seen even among people undergoing cancer tr...

    Police Often Fail to Enforce Laws on Underage Drinking: Study

    Underage drinking is an issue in many U.S. communities, but the number of law enforcement agencies using alcohol-related enforcement strategies has remained low or dropped in the past decade.

    In a new study, researchers tracked law enforcement strategies for underage drinking, impaired driving and sales to obviously intoxicated persons between 2010 and 2019. The research updated an earli...

    A Little Drinking Won't Help Prevent Obesity, Diabetes

    Having a couple of drinks a day won't protect you from obesity or diabetes, a new study suggests.

    Everybody knows that heavy drinking isn't good for your health, but whether moderate alcohol consumption is protective or harmful is still open for debate, researchers say.

    "Some research has indicated that moderate drinkers may be less likely to develop obesity or diabetes compared to ...

    Binge Drinking in Middle Age: Has 'Wine Mom' Culture Gone Too Far?

    It's an image you see everywhere on social media and television: Groups of 30-something women, glistening glasses of chardonnay or cabernet in their hands as they let loose with their friends.

    But a new study digs into the downside of "booze bonding" — these women are 60% more likely to engage in excessive drinking than their peers were some 25 years earlier.

    The investigators al...

    What's Really Killing the 'Night Owls'?

    It's not the late nights, but the smoking and drinking that happen during those late nights, that are killing people who are “night owls” earlier in life, a new study claims.

    Researchers studied twins in Finland for 37 years, looking at different chronotypes, the body's natural inclination to sleep at a certain time.

    Although they saw that the evening types had a slightly increa...

    A Little Drinking Might Help the Heart, and Scientists Think They Know Why

    Many studies have suggested that light drinking can do the heart some good, and now researchers think they have found one reason why: It helps the brain relax.

    It's no secret that many people pour a drink as a way to unwind and shed the stressors of the day. And research suggests that is not just a placebo effect. In the short term, alcohol has a quieting effect on the amygdala -- a brain...

    Drinking & Driving in the Senior Years: A Recipe for Disaster

    Older drivers using alcohol or drugs are much more likely to be at fault in a car crash.

    Researchers studying the issue say that calls for sober-driving campaigns aimed at seniors.

    "Our research shows just how much aging increases the risk of being at fault for injury or fatality in a drug- or alcohol-related traffic accident," said lead author

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  • April 28, 2023
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  • Drinking Alcohol Brings No Health Benefits, Study Finds

    Dozens of studies have purportedly shown that a daily glass of wine or mug of beer could reduce your risk of heart disease and death.

    But these studies are flawed, a new evidence review asserts, and the potential health benefits of moderate alcohol use vanish when those flaws and biases are taken into account.

    At best, a drink or two each day has no effect good or ill on a person's ...

    Alcohol Might Speed Alzheimer's Progress in Brain, Animal Study Suggests

    Even modest drinking can speed up the loss of brain cells and formation of the plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease, research in mice shows.

    These plaques are an accumulation of toxic proteins.

    “These findings suggest alcohol might accelerate the pathological cascade of Alzheimer's disease in its early stages,” said study co-author

  • Cara Murez HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 22, 2023
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  • How a 'Dry January' Could Help Your Health

    Having a “dry January,” or giving up alcohol for the first month of the year, is a trend.

    And it's not a bad idea, according to a drug and alcohol rehab counselor with Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

    Not consuming alcohol can have many health benefits, said Alan Berki, ...

    'Holiday Heart':  Heart Attacks Spike in Last 2 Weeks of December

    The holiday season is filled with to-do lists, but one should rise to the top: Take care of your heart.

    Whether from stress, cold weather or falling out of good habits in terms of eating, sleeping and drinking, heart attack rates spike as much as 40% between Christmas and New Year's, according to cardiologist

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  • December 19, 2022
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  • Odds for Early Death Rise After Severe Injury Linked to Alcohol

    Before you toast the holiday season with too much alcohol, here's a sobering thought.

    Folks who get injured severely enough while intoxicated to require hospital treatment are five times more likely to die in the coming year, according to new research published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs<...

    Few Americans Understand Alcohol's Impact on Cancer Risk: Survey

    Alcohol increases the risk of cancer, but some Americans think it does the opposite, a new study shows.

    Researchers set out to understand people's awareness of the links between alcohol and cancer, finding that many would benefit from further education on the issue.

    “All types of alcoholic beverages, including wine, increase cancer risk,” said senior study author

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  • December 2, 2022
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  • Fatal Drug Overdoses Among U.S. Seniors Have Tripled Since 2000

    Growing numbers of older Americans are dying from drug overdoses and alcohol abuse.

    That's the tragic takeaway from two new reports by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    More than 5,000 people aged 65 and older in the United States died of a drug overdose in 2020, and this number has tripled since 2000, according to

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  • November 30, 2022
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  • Even a Little Drinking in Pregnancy Can Reshape Fetal Brain

    Exposure to even low levels of alcohol while in the womb can change the structure of the fetus' brain, according to Austrian researchers.

    The study results suggest that pregnant women should strictly avoid alcohol, one author said.

    “Unfortunately, many pregnant women are unaware of the influenc...

    Alcohol to Blame for 1 in 5 Young Adult Deaths in U.S.

    For anyone who thinks alcoholism isn't a deadly disease, a new government report shows alcohol abuse caused nearly 13% of deaths in American adults under 65 between 2015 and 2019.

    The statistics were even more grim among younger U.S. adults: In people aged 20 to 49, alcohol abuse was the cause of 20% of deaths.

    "States and communities can prevent these premature deaths using eviden...

    Magic Mushroom Hallucinogen May Treat Problem Drinking

    Jon Kostas, a lifelong resident of New York City, started bar-hopping at age 13. At the height of his alcoholism, he was consuming as many as 30 drinks a night.

    Desperate for a way out, Kostas, 32, turned to a new therapy: psilocybin -- the psychedelic compound found in so-cal...

    Use of Pot, Hallucinogens Soaring Among Young Americans

    Marijuana and hallucinogen use are at an all-time high among young adults, U.S. health officials reported Monday.

    Compared to five or 10 years ago, the use of these drugs over the past year has risen significantly among 19- to 30-year-olds, according to the Monitoring the Future panel study. The new dat...

    Even a Drink a Day Might Raise Brain Risks

    Even moderate drinking may be related to higher iron levels in the brain - a potentially risky situation for memory and thinking skills, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that among nearly 21,000 middle-aged and older adults, those who drank as little as a few beers a week sh...

    More Evidence Uber, Lyft Are Reducing Drunk Driving Crashes

    Using ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft can reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roads, potentially leading to fewer alcohol-related crashes, a new research review confirms.

    Review author Christopher Morrison, who studies drinking and the problems it spawns, including assaults, drunken driving and crashes, said the evidence is clear.

    "One way to prevent these probl...

    Beer Might Do a Man's 'Microbiome' Good

    Putting a new spin on the term "beer gut," a small study suggests that a bottle a day may do a man's gut bacteria some good.

    In a clinical trial of 19 healthy men, researchers found that a daily bottle of beer - alcoholic or non-alcoholic - changed the composition of the men's gut bacteria over four weeks...

    Weekend Binge Drinking: Not as Harmless as You Think

    Many may consider an episode of binge drinking -- defined as 5 or more drinks on one occasion --- as just being harmless fun. But a new study suggests that even moderate drinkers who indulge in binge drinking can suffer lasting consequences.

    Researchers found that among people who typically drank at moderate levels, those who sometimes binged were at increased risk of alcohol-related prob...

    Major Head Trauma May Up Risks for Dementia

    People who've had a major traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be at increased risk for dementia, according to a new study.

    "Approximately 1 in 10 people in our study who had major TBI did develop dementia," said study co-author Dr. Rahul Raj, ...

    How Too Much Drinking Harms the Liver

    As Americans stepped up their drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic, liver disease and transplants surged.

    Between March 2020 and January 2021, the number of U.S. patients with alcohol-associated liver disease who received a new liver or were wait-listed for a transplant was 50% higher than pre-pandemic projections, researchers say.

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  • April 16, 2022
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  • Will a Little Drinking Help Your Heart? Maybe Not

    If you believe an occasional tipple is good for your heart, a new study may make you reconsider the notion.

    Some previous research has suggested that light drinking may benefit the heart, but this large study concluded that any amount of drinki...

    Even a Little Drinking Ages the Brain: Study

    There is no amount of alcohol that is good for your brain.

    So claims a new study that found even light to moderate drinking can age the brain faster than normal.

    Previous research has shown that heavy drinkers have changes in brain structure and size that are associated with thinking and <...

    Could a Little Wine at Mealtimes Cut Your Odds for Type 2 Diabetes?

    Feel free to open a bottle of your favorite vintage: If you time it right, a little wine might help guard against type 2 diabetes.

    A new study suggests that a small glass with dinner may lower the chances of being diagnosed with the blood sugar disease.

    Exactly how small? About half an ounce of wine for wom...

    Driving Both High and Drunk More Dangerous Than Either Alone: Study

    The hazards of drunken driving are well known, and a new research review shows that adding pot to the mix only makes matters worse.

    The analysis of 57 past studies found that the combination of alcohol and marijua...

    Most Americans Don't Know Alcohol Can Raise Cancer Risk

    Most American adults don't know that alcohol boosts cancer risk, but a majority support steps to increase awareness of the link, a new nationwide survey shows.

    ""It is important that people are made fully aware of the potential harms of alcohol so that they may make informed decisions about alcohol consumption," said study author Kara Wiseman. She's an assistant professor of public health...

    More Folks Drive High When Pot Made Legal: Study

    Here's more evidence that marijuana may make driving more dangerous: As pot has been legalized in more countries and states, a greater number of people are driving intoxicated by the drug and crashing, researchers report.

    THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, has been detected in twice as many injured Canadian drivers since 2018, when

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  • January 13, 2022
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  • Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

    Binge drinking on Super Bowl Sunday or other special occasions could put you at risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), even if you've never had it, researchers warn in a new study.

    "Worldwide, alcohol is the most popularly consumed drug, and it now is clear that alcohol consumption is an important risk factor for atrial fibrillation," said senior au...

    There Are No Hangover Cures, Scientists Say

    Here's a lesson many may have already learned over the past weekend: Don't count on ginseng, probiotics or any other so-called hangover cures.

    No evidence suggests hangover cures work, according to British scientists who studied nearly two dozen trials of these cure products. Their review was published Dec. 31 in the journal Addiction.

    "Our study has found that evidence on ...

    Too Much Auld Lang Syne: Avoiding That New Year's Hangover

    Party people should think twice before relying on a fly-by-night remedy to cure the hangover they suffer from a New Year's Eve bender, warns an ER doc based in the Big Apple.

    "There are a plethora of hangover products on the market that tout the ability to reduce the chances of or prevent a hangover altogether after a night of heavy drinking. But, in truth, the only proven way to prevent ...

    Heavier Drinking During Pandemic Means More Liver Disease to Come

    It's clear that COVID-19 has killed many hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. Less clear is its impact on other health issues, which will be felt in the years to come.

    Liver disease is projected to be one of those, with 8,000 additional deaths from

    Don't Let Heartburn Ruin Your Holiday Feast

    Like Mr. Grinch, heartburn can crush your holiday, but there are easy ways to prevent it.

    "Heartburn is caused by acidic stomach content moving into the esophagus, or gullet, which is much less resistant to acid," said Dr. James East, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London. "This results in irritation and damage to the lining of the esophagus, literally a burn, that caus...

    Pandemic Saw Big Declines in Kids' Use of Drugs, Alcohol, Vaping

    There may be a silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, with U.S. health officials reporting an "unprecedented" decline in teens' use of alcohol, marijuana, other illegal drugs and vaping.

    "We have never seen such dramatic decreases in drug use among teens in just a one-year period," said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    "These data are unpreced...

    Stress May Be Stronger Trigger for Problem Drinking in Women Than Men

    When someone says "I need a drink," it's usually because they've had a rough day. Now, new research suggests that stress is more likely to trigger heavy drinking in women than in men.

    "Some people can intend to have one or two alcoholic beverages and stop drinking, but other people just keep going," said study leader Julie Patock-Peckham. She's head of the Social Addictions Impulse Lab at...