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Alcohol Still a Risk Factor in Many American Pregnancies, Study Finds

A surprising number of babies are exposed to alcohol before they're born, researchers say.

Pandemic Drinking May Be Causing Serious GI and Liver Problems, New Study Finds

Researchers say the number of hospital visits for alcohol-related GI and liver diseases surged during the COVID-19 lockdown and re-opening

One Drink Daily May Raise Your Risk for Atrial Fibrillation

Common heart arrhythmia linked to alcohol consumption in new, long-term study

Alcohol-Induced Deaths On The Rise, Especially In Rural Areas, According To New CDC Report.

And the increases from 2006 to 2018 were greater among women than men, the authors say.

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21 Sep
Common Form of Liver Cancer on the Rise in Rural America

Common Form of Liver Cancer on the Rise in Rural America

Liver cancer is on the rise in rural America, but on a downswing in cities, new research shows.

Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common type of liver cancer and the fastest-growing cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It's rising at an annual rate of ne...

16 Sep
Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Even when genetics and personality are working against you, having a strong network of supportive friends and family may help lower alcoholism risk, researchers say.

"Genes play an important role in alcohol use," stressed Jinni Su, an assistant professor of psychology at...

31 Aug
'Holiday Heart': When Drinking Triggers Dangerous A-fib

'Holiday Heart': When Drinking Triggers Dangerous A-fib

With Labor Day festivities approaching, you might want to think twice about that cocktail. Or at least you should avoid that second round, especially if you have a history of your heart beating irregularly.

A new study appears to confirm the existence of "holiday heart s...

30 Aug
Half of Adults With ADHD Have Struggled With Alcohol, Drug Use

Half of Adults With ADHD Have Struggled With Alcohol, Drug Use

Fully half of all young adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may also battle alcohol or drug abuse.

And folks with ADHD who have a history of depression or anxiety are particularly vulnerable to substance abuse problems, a new study showed.

...

24 Aug
Drinking at Home: Liquor Store Sales Rose During Pandemic

Drinking at Home: Liquor Store Sales Rose During Pandemic

Americans did more drinking at home during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, which researchers say may be linked to a rise in domestic violence and other problems.

"Our results appear to substantiate an increase in home drinking during the period, which could...

24 Aug
Heavy Drinking in Youth Could Harm Arteries

Heavy Drinking in Youth Could Harm Arteries

The arteries of young people who drink stiffen sooner in their lives, which could increase their risk for heart disease and stroke later on, a British study reports.

People's arteries naturally become less elastic with age, but certain factors -- including alcohol and to...

18 Aug
College Freshmen Drank Less as Pandemic Began

College Freshmen Drank Less as Pandemic Began

Here's an unexpected silver lining to the pandemic: New research shows there was a decline in overall drinking and binge drinking among U.S. college freshmen during the early months of the new coronavirus' spread across America.

"We found that social factors, like social...

13 Aug
Need a New Liver? Your Survival Odds May Depend on Race

Need a New Liver? Your Survival Odds May Depend on Race

Black American liver transplant recipients have a lower survival rate than Hispanic or white patients, and a new study suggests that alcohol-related liver disease and insurance coverage are key reasons.

"Our findings are a huge wake-up call that physicians and other heal...

30 Jul
Seniors Rarely Discuss Their Drinking With Their Doctors

Seniors Rarely Discuss Their Drinking With Their Doctors

Plenty of seniors may struggle with problem drinking, but a new study shows that less than half of them discuss their alcohol use with their health care providers.

"Older adults are at high risk for the harms of alcohol use, especially for those with existing chronic dis...

28 Jul
'Moderate' Drinking May Be Heart-Healthy

'Moderate' Drinking May Be Heart-Healthy

Here's a reason to not feel guilty about drinking a glass of wine every evening: A new study suggests that people who drink moderately may have lower risks for both heart attack and stroke than teetotalers -- even when they have a history of heart issues.

The researchers...

14 Jul
Alcohol Tied to 740,000 Cancer Cases Worldwide in 2020

Alcohol Tied to 740,000 Cancer Cases Worldwide in 2020

Let's not toast to this: Alcohol was linked with 740,000 new cancer cases globally in 2020, representing 4% of all newly diagnosed cases that year, researchers say.

"Trends suggest that although there is a decrease in alcohol consumption per person in many European count...

01 Jul
Alcohol Still a Threat in Too Many American Pregnancies: Study

Alcohol Still a Threat in Too Many American Pregnancies: Study

More than half of American babies are exposed to at least some alcohol before they are born -- and for 8 out of 10, it happens before their mothers even realize they're pregnant, according to a Yale University study.

Because alcohol consumption may harm the developing fe...

25 Jun
No Drop in Teens' Use of Pot, Binge Drinking Despite Pandemic Lockdowns

No Drop in Teens' Use of Pot, Binge Drinking Despite Pandemic Lockdowns

U.S. high school seniors say marijuana was significantly harder to come by during the pandemic -- yet their use of the drug continued at rates similar to those before school closures began, a new study finds.

Their binge-drinking also continued at similar rates, accordin...

21 Jun
Drinking Rose During Pandemic, Especially for Women & Black Americans

Drinking Rose During Pandemic, Especially for Women & Black Americans

It might have seemed harmless to while away hours stuck at home during the pandemic with extra wine and cocktails. But new research instead points to a troubling trend: Alcohol use and risky drinking rose among Americans over the last year.

For the study, the researchers...

16 Jun
Looking for Love? Young People's Drinking Goes Up When Dating

Looking for Love? Young People's Drinking Goes Up When Dating

When young adults are seeking a casual dating relationship, drinking is likely to follow, new research suggests.

Meanwhile, those who are already in a serious relationship are likely to drink less.

The study included more than 700 people in the Seattle area, aged 1...

10 Jun
Pandemic Boosted Drinking Among Americans Over 50: Poll

Pandemic Boosted Drinking Among Americans Over 50: Poll

Drinking rose among older Americans during the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that could put their health at risk, claim researchers behind a new poll.

"As we all toast the end of the worst part of the pandemic in our country, it's important to address or prevent pr...

09 Jun
Rideshare Apps Could Be Saving Lives, Study Shows

Rideshare Apps Could Be Saving Lives, Study Shows

WEDNESDAY, June 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) - You've heard it often: Don't get behind the wheel of a car after a night of drinking. Now, a new study confirms that rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are making it easier for people to follow that advice and get home unharmed an...

09 Jun
Heavy Drinking Could Lower a Woman's Odds of Conception

Heavy Drinking Could Lower a Woman's Odds of Conception

Heavy drinking reduces a woman's chances of getting pregnant, and even moderate drinking during the second half of the menstrual cycle is associated with a reduced likelihood of conceiving, according to a new study.

The new research involved 413 American women aged betwe...

29 May
Boaters and Drivers, Stay Alcohol-Free This Memorial Day Weekend

Boaters and Drivers, Stay Alcohol-Free This Memorial Day Weekend

It's the first holiday since the pandemic began where Americans can mingle without masks if they are fully vaccinated, so celebrations are in order. But folks still need to avoid alcohol if they're driving or boating over the Memorial Day weekend.

"This Memorial Day week...

24 May
Just 1 in 10 People With Alcohol Problems Get Treatment

Just 1 in 10 People With Alcohol Problems Get Treatment

Americans with drinking problems are rarely referred for treatment, even though most say a doctor has asked about their alcohol use, a new study finds.

The study is not the first to uncover low rates of treatment for alcohol use disorders (AUDs) -- the medical term ...

20 May
Key Factors That Raise Your Odds for Early-Onset Colon Cancer

Key Factors That Raise Your Odds for Early-Onset Colon Cancer

Colon cancer is on the rise among people under 50, and the million-dollar question is why.

Now, new research suggests that certain lifestyle factors, such as eating lots of red meat and heavy alcohol consumption, may play a role in this increase.

"The occurrence of...

14 May
Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

Is Rise in Liver Damage Tied to More Drinking During Lockdowns?

Many people drank more to cope with the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions it placed on daily life, and now a new study suggests that all of this drinking is causing a serious spike in alcohol-related diseases.

"Incidence of hospitalizations for alco...

11 May
Alcohol Is No Friend to Social Distancing

Alcohol Is No Friend to Social Distancing

Maintaining adequate social distance from strangers -- a key COVID-19 preventive measure -- can be tough when you're drinking alcohol, researchers say.

In a new study, the researchers put more than 200 young social drinkers in different social situations in laboratory se...

07 May
How a Little Alcohol Might Help the Heart

How a Little Alcohol Might Help the Heart

A bit of booze may help protect your heart by reducing stress-related brain activity, a new study suggests.

"The thought is that moderate amounts of alcohol may have effects on the brain that can help you relax, reduce stress levels and, perhaps through these mechanisms,...

01 Apr
Could a Few Glasses of Wine Per Week Help Ward Off Cataracts?

Could a Few Glasses of Wine Per Week Help Ward Off Cataracts?

Cataracts are a threat to the vision of millions, but new study suggests a welcome aid to prevention: wine.

A few glasses of alcohol -- especially red wine -- a week may help reduce your risk of cataract surgery, new British research suggests.

"The fact that our f...

30 Mar
Survived a Heart Attack? Long Work Hours Raise Your Odds for Another

Survived a Heart Attack? Long Work Hours Raise Your Odds for Another

Sometimes it's best to say no to overtime: A new Canadian study finds that working too hard after a heart attack could boost your odds for a repeat.

Their new study found that people who work more than 55 hours a week after a heart attack are twice as likely to have anot...

30 Mar
Even Before Lockdowns, Young Americans Were Having Less Casual Sex

Even Before Lockdowns, Young Americans Were Having Less Casual Sex

Despite being the dating-app generation, young adults are largely saying no to casual sex, and less drinking and more video games are two reasons why, a new study suggests.

Surveys in recent years have been finding that compared with past generations, today's young adult...

16 Mar
Doubly Good: Healthy Living Cuts Your Odds for the 2 Leading Killers

Doubly Good: Healthy Living Cuts Your Odds for the 2 Leading Killers

The same lifestyle habits that protect the heart can also curb the risk of a range of cancers, a large new study confirms.

The study of more than 20,000 U.S. adults found both bad news and good news.

People with risk factors for heart disease also faced increa...

16 Mar
Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose

Drinking, Drunk, Deadly: Know the Signs of Alcohol Overdose

Wednesday is St. Patrick's Day, a holiday often marked by one (or more) too many drinks. But experts warn that simple holiday fun can quickly turn deadly when alcohol is involved.

The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) offered these reminders...

11 Mar
Pandemic Stress Has Americans Gaining Weight, Drinking More: Poll

Pandemic Stress Has Americans Gaining Weight, Drinking More: Poll

If you're drinking more, sleeping less, seeing downright scary numbers on your scale and fretting about the future, you're far from alone, a new survey reveals.

"We've been concerned throughout this pandemic about the level of prolonged stress, exacerbated by the grief, ...

04 Feb
Drugged Driving a Growing Threat on America's Roads

Drugged Driving a Growing Threat on America's Roads

Combining drugs with driving is a potentially deadly but all too common combination in the United States, according to a new report.

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers found that almost 9% of adults reported driving under the influence of alcohol. Marijuana use ...

25 Jan
Anxiety, Depression and Drinking: An Unhealthy Combo During the Pandemic

Anxiety, Depression and Drinking: An Unhealthy Combo During the Pandemic

People with anxiety and depression are more likely to step up their drinking during the COVID-19 pandemic than those without these mental health issues, an online survey revealed.

Alcohol use grew the most among young people, but older adults with anxiety and depression ...

20 Jan
Alcohol Plays Role in U.S. Cancer Cases, Deaths: Report

Alcohol Plays Role in U.S. Cancer Cases, Deaths: Report

There's another reason to keep your tippling to a moderate level: Alcohol plays a significant role in cancer cases and deaths in the United States, researchers say.

On average, drinking accounted for 4.8% of cancer cases and 3.2% of cancer deaths or about 75,200 cancer ...

14 Jan
Even 1 Drink a Day May Raise Your Odds for A-Fib

Even 1 Drink a Day May Raise Your Odds for A-Fib

Moderate drinking is often touted as heart-healthy, but a large new study finds that even one drink a day might raise the risk of an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation.

Atrial fibrillation, or a-fib, is a common heart arrhythmia where the upper chambers of ...

02 Jan
Tips for Making 2021 a Healthier Year

Tips for Making 2021 a Healthier Year

A New Year's resolution to take better care of yourself is one you should keep, especially in the era of COVID-19.

Wearing a mask, maintaining a safe distance from others and washing your hands frequently are going remain important in 2021. But don't forget to prioritize...

29 Dec
New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Ignore Recommendations on Sugar, Alcohol

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans Ignore Recommendations on Sugar, Alcohol

The Trump administration rejected a scientific advisory group's advice Tuesday that people further reduce their added sugar and alcohol intake as part of the 2020 update to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

An independent advisory committee charged with helping the f...

16 Dec
Pandemic Has Cut Into College Kids' Drinking, Study Shows

Pandemic Has Cut Into College Kids' Drinking, Study Shows

There's been a large drop in drinking among U.S. college students who went home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study finds.

It included more than 300 students who were surveyed about two months after pandemic-related campus closures in the spring.

The stud...

08 Dec
Binge Drinking Soared During Lockdown: Survey

Binge Drinking Soared During Lockdown: Survey

The COVID-19 pandemic and the life stresses it triggers are exacerbating binge drinking, a new study finds.

Researchers conducted an online survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. adults from mid-March to mid-April 2020, coinciding with a pandemic-related stay-at-home order ("lockdo...

28 Nov
Booze Robbing Many Americans of Their Sleep

Booze Robbing Many Americans of Their Sleep

Nearly 7 in 10 Americans have lost sleep because they drank alcohol too close to bedtime, including 1 in 5 who often have this problem, a new poll shows.

In the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) survey, men were more likely to say they've lost sleep due to drinki...

25 Nov
MS Has Mixed Impact on Patients' Cancer Risk: Study

MS Has Mixed Impact on Patients' Cancer Risk: Study

How does having multiple sclerosis (MS) affect a person's odds for cancer? The answer may depend on the type of cancer, new research shows.

The study found that MS patients do have much greater odds of developing bladder cancer compared to people without the illness. But...

23 Nov
Junk Food, Booze Often Star in America's Hit Movies

Junk Food, Booze Often Star in America's Hit Movies

If there was an Oscar for "most unhealthy food in a leading role," many of America's most popular movies would be serious contenders.

That's the conclusion of a new review of food content featured in 250 top-grossing U.S. movies. More often than not, the fictional food c...

21 Oct
Nurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' Breastfeeding

Nurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' Breastfeeding

One key to breastfeeding success? Having enough hospital nurses to ensure that new moms get top-notch care.

Hospitals with higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding had nurses who provided more consistent care, according to a new report.

That care included h...

13 Oct
More Young Adults in the U.S. Are Saying No to Alcohol

More Young Adults in the U.S. Are Saying No to Alcohol

In a sign that many young Americans may no longer be boozing it up, a new study finds that fewer young people are drinking alcohol now than 20 years ago.

In fact, the number of men and women in the United States between the ages of 18 to 22 who abstained from drinki...

09 Oct
Reduced Drinking May Improve Veterans' Chronic Pain

Reduced Drinking May Improve Veterans' Chronic Pain

Cutting back on booze may reduce chronic pain and use of other substances among U.S. veterans who are heavy drinkers, according to a new report.

The study included about 1,500 veterans who completed annual surveys between 2003 and 2015, and reported heavy drinking in...

30 Sep
What Foods, Medicines Can Lower Your Colon Cancer Risk?

What Foods, Medicines Can Lower Your Colon Cancer Risk?

Certain nutrients, foods and medicines may help protect you against colon cancer, a large research review suggests.

A team of international researchers led by Dr. Marc Bardou, of Dijon Bourgogne University Hospital in France, reviewed about 80 studies that examined h...

29 Sep
Pandemic Has More Americans Turning to Booze

Pandemic Has More Americans Turning to Booze

Is the coronavirus pandemic driving people to drink?

Yes, a new U.S. survey shows, and the greatest spike in alcohol use is being seen in women.

Overall, there was a 14% jump in drinking frequency this past spring among U.S. adults over 30 when compared...

09 Sep
More Than 1 Drink a Day Ups Blood Pressure for Diabetics

More Than 1 Drink a Day Ups Blood Pressure for Diabetics

It's probably a good idea to skip that second glass of wine if you have diabetes, because new research suggests that having more than one drink daily raises your risk of high blood pressure.

People with type 2 diabetes who had eight or more drinks a week (moderate d...

02 Sep
Each Day Sober Slowly Helps Alcoholics' Brains Recover

Each Day Sober Slowly Helps Alcoholics' Brains Recover

A new brain scan study shows why the "one day at a time" approach works for recovering alcoholics.

"For people with AUD [alcohol use disorder], the brain takes a long time to normalize, and each day is going to be a struggle," explained senior study author Rajita Sin...

31 Aug
Booze, Drug Use Common at Virtual Parties During Pandemic

Booze, Drug Use Common at Virtual Parties During Pandemic

Drug use is common among people taking part in virtual raves and happy hours during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study finds.

"We explored whether stay-at-home orders changed how people use drugs -- and it appears that drug use during virtual gatherings is somewha...

18 Aug
His Body Brewed Its Own Alcohol, But a Fecal Transplant Shut the Brewery Down

His Body Brewed Its Own Alcohol, But a Fecal Transplant Shut the Brewery Down

In a first, doctors have used a fecal transplant to treat a rare condition that causes the body to brew its own alcohol.

The disorder, known as auto-brewery syndrome (ABS), occurs when yeast builds up in the gut and converts sugar from food into alcohol. The result i...

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