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Early Binge Drinking Tied to Later Health Problems

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young teens who begin a habit of binge drinking face an increased risk of poor health as young adults, study findings suggest.

Researchers found that teenagers who began binge drinking at age 13 and kept it up throughout adolescence were nearly four times more likely than their peers who didn't binge to be overweight or have high blood pressure at age 24.


Report: Teens Seeing Too Many Magazine Alcohol Ads

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenagers may be more likely than adults of legal drinking age to come across alcohol ads in their favorite magazines, new research suggests.

The study of advertisements in 103 national magazines found that while readers between the ages of 12 and 20 were seeing fewer alcohol ads in 2002 than in 2001, they were still exposed to such images more often than older readers were. And girls appeared particularly likely to be bombarded with alcohol advertisements.


Anheuser-Busch Unveils Low-Carb Beverage

By JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer

ST. LOUIS - With the menu of low-carb foods ever growing, Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. believes consumers perhaps need something fruity, carb-friendly and alcoholic to wash it all down. Enter the world's largest brewer's latest concoction: A black cherry-flavored beverage with a splash of vanilla, packing just 2.6 grams of carbohydrates and 96 calories per 12-ounce serving.


Boozy Britain Wary of 'Anti-Hangover Pill'

Wed Jun 9, 2004

LONDON (Reuters) - A controversial U.S. anti-hangover drug hit the shelves in Britain Wednesday, as experts warned it could help fuel the national passion for binge drinking.

RU-21, named after the legal drinking age in the United States, was launched less than a month after Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was determined binge drinking should not become a "new British disease."

"We have got a problem, and taking a tablet doesn't alter the fact that people could be do


Moderate Alcohol Use Not Bad After Heart Attack

Wed Jun 2, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking up to 10 alcoholic beverages a week does not increase the risk of heart failure in patients who've had a heart attack, new research shows. Whether it's safe to consume more than this amount is unclear.

Although research has suggested that alcohol use protects against coronary heart disease, the most common type, there is some evidence that because of its chemical effects, alcohol may raise the risk of heart failure.


Researchers Link Alcohol to Seeing Movies

HANOVER, N.H. - Children in junior high school who watch lots of movies showing alcohol use are more likely to try drinking than those who aren't exposed to those films, Dartmouth Medical School researchers said in a symposium on substance abuse.

The symposium touched on scientific research, public policy and personal stories on addictions.


Diet, Alcohol Linked to Nearly 1/3 of Cancer Cases

By Patricia Reaney

HARROGATE, England (Reuters) - Diet is second only to tobacco as a leading cause of cancer and, along with alcohol, is responsible for nearly a third of cases of the disease in developed countries, a leading researcher said on Tuesday.

Dr Tim Key, of the University of Oxford, told a cancer conference that scientists are still discovering how certain foods contribute to cancer but they know that diet, alcohol and obesity play a major role.

"Five percent of cancers could be avoided if nobody was obese," he said.


Moderate Drinking May Raise Healthy Hormone Levels

Fri May 14, 2004

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Moderate drinking may boost levels of a hormone that is believed to help protect against artery disease. The findings could help explain some of the cardiovascular benefits of moderate drinking.

"People consuming alcohol in moderate amounts may have a healthier hormone status," Dr. Henk F.J. Hendriks at TNO Nutrition and Food Research in the Netherlands told Reuters Health.


Television Alcohol Ads on Rise, Study Shows

Wed Apr 21, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alcohol is being advertised more often on U.S. television and more teen-agers and children are seeing it, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

The number of alcohol ads on network, local and cable television in the United States increased to 289,381 in 2002, up 39 percent from 2001, the team at the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at Georgetown University in Washington found.