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Heavy drinking tied to heart rhythm problem in men

By Anthony J. Brown, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men who consume 35 or more alcoholic drinks per week are 45 percent more likely to experience atrial fibrillation, a heart rhythm problem, than their peers who consume less than one drink per week, new research shows.

The same probably holds true in women, but no firm conclusions could be reached because there weren't enough women in the study who were classified as heavy drinkers.

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Alcohol seems to lower risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Tue Jun 7, 2005

By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - Drinking alcohol may reduce the risk of developing cancers of the lymphatic system, researchers said Tuesday.

An analysis of nine studies involving 15,000 people from the United States, Britain, Sweden and Italy showed that people who drank alcohol had about a 27-percent lower chance of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) than non-drinkers.

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Need help cutting back on alcohol? Try kudzu

By Alison McCook Mon May 16, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Heavy drinkers who tried the herbal extract kudzu for one week downed fewer drinks than people who received an inactive placebo treatment, according to new study findings released Monday.

Study author Dr. Scott E. Lukas of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical Center in Massachusetts explained that during the experiment, people drank their first beer right away, but were less likely to want more beer if they had taken kudzu the previous week.

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Success of designated-driver campaigns unclear

Thu May 26, 2005

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - There is little evidence that designated-driver campaigns and promotions have helped reduce the number of people who drive drunk, according to a new research review.

The review, of nine studies that evaluated a single media campaign and several promotions at bars and clubs, found that some of these publicity efforts were mildly successful in getting drinkers to choose a designated driver.

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Alcohol harms women's brains faster than men's

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Although women are generally less likely than men to become dependent on alcohol, they appear to develop alcoholic brain damage more rapidly than men, German researchers report.

Dr. Alexander Diehl told Reuters Health, "There is evidence for a faster progression of the developmental events leading to dependence among female alcoholics -- the telescoping effect -- and an earlier onset of adverse consequences of alcoholism."

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Need help cutting back on alcohol? Try kudzu

Mon May 16, 2005

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Heavy drinkers who tried the herbal extract kudzu for one week downed fewer drinks than people who received an inactive placebo treatment, according to new study findings released Monday.

Study author Dr. Scott E. Lukas of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical Center in Massachusetts explained that during the experiment, people drank their first beer right away, but were less likely to want more beer if they had taken kudzu the previous week.

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Single malt whisky 'can protect you from cancer', conference told

Sun May 8, 2005

LONDON (AFP) - Single malt whisky can beat the threat of cancer, thanks to high levels of a powerful antioxidant that kills cancer cells, a medical conference in Scotland was told.

Jim Swan, an independent consultant to the global drinks industry, said that, according to research, single malt whisky contains "more ellagic acid than red wine".

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