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Genetic Risk of Alcoholism Linked to Sweet Tooth

Wed Nov 19, 2003

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with an alcoholic father are more likely than others to prefer sweets, according to the results of a new study.

None of the study participants were alcoholics. However, alcoholism carries a strong genetic component, and the findings suggest that a preference for sweets could serve as an indication that a person has a genetic risk of developing the disease.


Britons Condemned as Europe's Worst Binge Drinkers

Fri Sep 19, 2003

LONDON (Reuters) - Britons are the worst binge drinkers in Europe and women are catching up with men in the heavy drinking stakes, the government said on Friday, urging a "more civilized" late-night culture.

A report by Downing Street's strategy unit found that while Britons drink less than most of the continental neighbors, they drink more intensively.

"In the UK, binge drinking accounts for 40 percent of all drinking occasions by men and 22 pe


Study Links College Binge-Drinking to Marketing

By David Morgan

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Authorities who hope to curb binge-drinking among U.S. college students should consider controlling the marketing of beer and other alcoholic beverages near campuses, a new study suggested on Friday.

Researchers for the Harvard School of Public Health visited 830 bars, restaurants and nightclubs, as well as 1,684 liquor stores and other retailers that sell alcohol near 118 college campuses to see if there was any correlation between drinking habits and advertising or promotions.


Raise Beer Tax to Reduce Teen Drinking - Report

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress and state legislatures should raise taxes on alcohol, especially beer, to discourage underage drinking, advisers to the government said on Tuesday.

The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council also recommended more careful advertising of alcohol to ensure children do not get bombarded with pro-drinking messages.


Moonshine Alive, but Not Well, in Atlanta

Tue Aug 26, 2003

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A cluster of patients who showed up at hospital emergency rooms with lead poisoning show that moonshine did not die out with Prohibition but is still popular in some cities, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

An investigation in Atlanta showed more than 8 percent of patients surveyed said they had drunk illegally distilled alcohol in the past five years or so, the researchers report in the latest issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.


A Drink a Day Improves Overall Heart Health

Wed May 14, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who drink one drink a day -- wine, beer or hard liquor -- show significantly better elasticity of their body's arteries, an important measure of cardiovascular health, results of a new study suggest.

"We thought only red wine helps, but we found if people drink one beer or one unit of hard liquor a day, they also have improved arterial elasticity, better than nondrinkers," said Dr.



Due to increasing products liability litigation, American liquor manufacturers have accepted the FDA's suggestion that the following warning labels be placed immediately on all varieties of alcohol containers:

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may make you think you are whispering when you are not.

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a dork.


More Evidence Light Drinking May Cut Dementia Risk

Tue Mar 18, 2003

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking small but regular amounts of alcohol--between one and six glasses per week--may reduce the risk of memory loss in old age, researchers said Tuesday.

Previous research has also pegged light drinking as protective of the cardiovascular system.

These latest findings suggest that what is good for the heart may also be good for the brain, according to Dr. Kenneth J. Mukamal of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and his colleagues.


Roles of Drinking Pattern and Type of Alcohol Consumed in Coronary Heart Disease in Men

Kenneth J. Mukamal, M.D., M.P.H., Katherine M. Conigrave, M.B., B.S., Ph.D., Murray A. Mittleman, M.D., Dr.P.H., Carlos A. Camargo, Jr., M.D., Dr.P.H., Meir J. Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H., Walter C. Willett, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Eric B. Rimm, Sc.D.

Roles of Drinking Pattern and Type of Alcohol Consumed in Coronary Heart Disease in Men

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