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Alcohol Linked to Heart Rhythm Irregularity in Men

Wed Oct 13, 2004

By Karla Gale

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Drinking too much alcohol may lead to abnormal rhythm of the atria, the upper chambers of the heart, according to a report from Denmark.

Drs. Lars Frost and Peter Vestergaard, at Aarhus University Hospital, examined the relationship between alcohol consumption and risk of atrial fibrillation or flutter among participants of the Danish Diet, Cancer, and Health Study.

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Parents Strongly Influence Teens' Drinking

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Parents who supply alcohol for their teenagers' parties may be encouraging their children to binge drink when no adult is watching, a new study suggests.

The study, which surveyed more than 6,200 U.S. teenagers, also found that parents' attitudes about drinking influence their children's behavior in several -- sometimes surprising -- ways.

Specifically, the researchers found that teens who said they drank with their parents were less likely than others to have binged or used alcohol at all in recent weeks.

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Study: Alcohol tied to 75,000 deaths a year in U.S.

Friday, September 24, 2004

ATLANTA, Georgia (Reuters) -- Alcohol abuse kills some 75,000 Americans each year and shortens the lives of these people by an average of 30 years, a U.S. government study suggested Thursday.

Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States after tobacco use and poor eating and exercise habits.

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Drinking Doesn't Appear to Raise Bladder Cancer Risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research suggests that drinking alcohol does not increase the risk of bladder. In fact, the investigators found that beer may actually reduce the risk, according to their report in the September 15th issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Previous studies have yielded conflicting results regarding the link between alcohol and bladder cancer. While most studies have not shown an association, other studies have revealed a possible link.

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Alcohol Abuse May Follow Onset of Eating Disorder

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - It's known that women with eating disorders often abuse alcohol, but new research shows that it's typically the eating disorder that arises first -- and that women with certain personality traits may be prone to having both problems.

Researchers found that among 672 women who had ever suffered an eating disorder, 253 had abused alcohol at some point in their lives. Only one-third had developed their drinking problems prior to the eating disorder.

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Study: College Binge Drinking Worse Than Feared

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - College students may down as many as 24 alcoholic drinks in a row when they party -- far more than any previous studies have indicated, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

The study by the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation shows that university students, especially young men, may be drinking even more heavily, and dangerously, than parents and educators feared.

Most research defines "binge drinking" as having five or more drinks in a row, without counting how far past five the drinkers go.

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Report Questions Alcohol's Heart-Healthy Effects

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The idea that light to moderate alcohol drinking protects against heart disease has become entrenched, but findings from a new study challenge this.

Analyzing data from a decade-long study, researchers found that alcohol consumption was associated with a lower risk of heart disease, but only among whites. Among black men, the opposite was true -- alcohol consumption was associated with an increased risk of heart disease and death from heart disease.

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Survey: Personality, Abuse Disorders Common in U.S.

Mon Aug 2, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About nine percent of Americans abuse alcohol and nearly 15 percent have a personality disorder, according to a U.S. government survey released on Monday.

More than 9 percent have a mood disorder such as major depression or manic disorder, while more than 11 percent have an anxiety disorder.

The survey, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, questioned 43,000 adults at length to see if they have the clinical symptoms of such disorders.

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Survey: Personality, Abuse Disorders Common in U.S.

Mon Aug 2, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About nine percent of Americans abuse alcohol and nearly 15 percent have a personality disorder, according to a U.S. government survey released on Monday.

More than 9 percent have a mood disorder such as major depression or manic disorder, while more than 11 percent have an anxiety disorder.

The survey, conducted by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, questioned 43,000 adults at length to see if they have the clinical symptoms of such disorders.

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New Pill May Help Recovering Alcoholics Stay Sober

Thu Jul 29, 2004

By Susan Heavey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new pill that aims to keep alcoholics from drinking again after they have quit could hit the shelves by the end of this year after U.S. health officials approved the drug on Thursday.

The drug, called Campral, may not work for people who are actively drinking when they start taking the pill or who are abusing other substances, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

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