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Diet Drink Mixers May Make You Drunker


MONDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) -- Saving calories by blending your liquor with a "diet" mixer sounds like a good idea, but new research finds it might also make you drunker, sooner.

The mixer switch might even be enough to make you a dangerous driver.

"Drinking diet versus regular [mixers] could put you in trouble in the eyes of the law," said Dr. Chris Rayner, a researcher at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Adelaide, Australia, who presented the data.


The Dirt on Organic Wines

By Bill Tieleman

The Tyee
April 10, 2006

Just to be helpful, we drank a dozen. Are they vegetarian or vegan? And more fine distinctions.

"Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages." - Louis Pasteur 1822-1895

If we truly are what we eat, what about the wines we drink?

Wine can easily be elevated into a truly hedonistic pleasure, or "bottled poetry," as Robert Louis Stevenson once described California wines.


Drinkers, smokers need colon tests earlier: study

Mon Mar 27, 2006

CHICAGO (Reuters) - People who smoke and drink should start screening for colon cancer earlier because they tend to contract the disease at a younger age than those who abstain from cigarettes and alcohol, a study said on Monday.

Screening for colon cancer is generally recommended for anyone 50 or older, and 90 percent of cases occur after that age.


Mixing Alcohol With Energy Drinks Doesn't Null Intoxication

By Peggy Peck, Managing Editor, MedPage Today
Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD; Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
March 27, 2006

SAO PAULO, Brazil, March 27 - Mixing alcohol with energy drinks like Red Bull masks some of the subjective feelings of intoxication, but the imbibers remain just as drunk as those who take their liquor straight or with traditional mixers.


Anti-inflammatory Effect Of Beer, Blocks Interferon-gamma-induced Chemical Processes

03 Mar 2006

Scientists at Innsbruck Medical University have succeeded in demonstrating the anti-inflammatory effect of beer extracts. In vitro experiments conducted at the Division of Biological Chemistry at the Innsbruck Biocenter by Prof. Dietmar Fuchs and his team on peripheral mononuclear blood cells show that beer extracts block interferon-gamma-induced chemical processes.


Sensible drinking message 'confusion'

Feb 3, 2006

Despite clear labelling on shop-bought beer and wines, the sensible drinking message is rather confused in the UK, according to researchers.

A survey of 263 supermarket shoppers has shown that despite clear information about the number of units contained in cans and bottles of alcohol, drink awareness is poor.


Alcohol underestimated as cancer cause: scientists

By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - Along with smoking and chronic infections, alcohol consumption is an important cause of several types of cancer, researchers said on Monday.

Excessive drinking raises the risk of cancer of the mouth, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon and breast. It may also be linked with cancer of the pancreas and lung.

"Alcohol is underestimated as a cause of cancer in many parts of the world," said Dr Paolo Boffetta of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France.


Long-term Antabuse keeps most alcoholics abstinent

By Anne Harding

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Alcoholics may have a better chance of staying abstinent if long-term therapy includes drugs such as Antabuse, a new study shows.

Someone on one of these so-called alcohol deterrents will get sick with even a sip of alcohol, with a flushed face, rapid heartbeat, nausea, vomiting and anxiety. But the main power of these pills is their psychological effect, Dr. Hannelore Ehrenreich of the Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine in Gottingen, Germany, the study's lead author, told Reuters Health.


Raising alcohol prices unlikely to curb demand

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Increasing the price of beer, wine, and liquor has been proposed as a way to reduce alcohol consumption, and hence problems related to drinking alcohol. But research published this month suggests that "across-the-board" price increases may not reduce alcohol sales, and might even increase them.


Study Links Advertising, Youth Drinking

January 3, 2006
By HILARY WALDMAN, Courant Staff Writer

The first national study of liquor advertising and its effects on youth confirms what many have long suspected - that young people who see more ads for alcoholic beverages tend to drink more.

The study conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut and Ohio State University could offer the first sound evidence that limiting liquor advertising should be part of a national strategy to reduce underage drinking.