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Drinking Alcohol May Raise Colon Cancer Risk

Mon Apr 19, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Fairly heavy alcohol consumption appears to moderately increase the risk of cancer in the colon and rectum, researchers report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Although previous studies have linked alcohol use with colon cancer, findings regarding personal factors, types of beverage, and anatomic sites in the colon have been inconsistent, Dr.


It's Official: Drinking Causes Gout

Fri Apr 16, 2004

LONDON (Reuters) - It's official -- drinking causes gout. But if you must drink alcohol, drink wine, scientists say.

For centuries, the painful, crippling joint inflammation has been immortalized and castigated by poets and playwrights -- more than a few of whom wrote from personal experience -- as the curse of heavy drinkers.

But until a team of researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital took up the task, nobody had actually proved the link between the disease and the bottle.


Activists Scream Over Booze-Flavored Ice Cream

Mon Apr 5, 2004

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A new vodka-flavored ice cream launched in Australia provoked an outcry Saturday from groups worried it would give children a taste for alcohol.

The booze-flavored Illicit Vodka Cranberry Magnum ice creams hit the shelves just months after biscuit-maker Arnott's new Tia Maria Tim Tams and Kahlua Slices prompted fears that the liquor-laced biscuits would encourage children to drink.


Booze tests reveal all about your drinking

19:00 11 February 04

Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition.

If you tend to be a little less than honest when your doctor asks you how much you drink, beware. A battery of new tests on blood, urine and hair can reveal how much someone has drunk not only in the past days, but also in the past weeks and months.


Researchers: Gene Seems Linked to Alcoholism Risk

Wed January 14, 2004

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Researchers said on Wednesday they had found a gene that seems to put people more at risk of alcoholism, but said they cannot yet explain how it works.

The study of more than 260 families showed that several different changes in the gene, called GABRG3, were linked with the risk of becoming an alcoholic. The gene is a receptor, or molecular doorway, for gamma-amino butyric acid, a message-carrying chemical, or neurotransmitter.


Too Much Alcohol Bad for Blood Vessels

Fri Dec 19, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although a glass of wine a day may be good for your heart, drinking much more than this seems to promote "plaque" build-up in blood vessels, suggest the findings from a study of older adults.

According to Dr. Kenneth J. Mukamal and colleagues, the few studies that have directly analyzed the relationship between alcohol use and arterial plaque, or atherosclerosis, have yielded inconsistent results, and none specifically looked at the risk in elderly individuals.


Coors to Introduce Low-Carbohydrate Beer

NEW YORK (Reuters) Nov 19 - Adolph Coors Co., the No. 3 U.S. brewer, said on Wednesday it was introducing a low carbohydrate beer to gain market share with health-conscious drinkers.

The new beer, called Aspen Edge, is designed to compete with products such as rival Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc.'s Michelob Ultra.

Aspen Edge will be sold in 10 states starting on March 1.


Drinkers See the Light in Low-Carb Beer

Wed Dec 17, 2003

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press Writer

PITTSBURGH - Not since Miller made light beer socially acceptable with its "tastes great, less filling" campaign has the American brewing industry been as excited as it is now about a growing line of low-carb beers.

Michelob Ultra, the first major brand to make a splash in the low-carb beer niche, has gotten more popular as Anheuser-Bush on Tuesday reported it taking a 2.1 percent share of supermarket beer sales.


Drinking Associated with Brain Shrinkage

Thu Dec 4, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Studies have shown that having a drink or two a day may be good for the heart, but a new study suggests that moderate drinking may not be so beneficial for the brain.

The study of people in their 50s and 60s found a possible link between low-to-moderate drinking and reduced brain size.

But researchers caution that the reduction in brain size was small, and whether such a reduction has any significant effect is unkno