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Does drinking alcohol shrink your brain?

October 14th, 2008

What's good for the heart may hurt the brain, according to a new study of the effects of alcohol.

People who drink alcohol -- even the moderate amounts that help prevent heart disease -- have a smaller brain volume than those who do not, according to a study in the Archives of Neurology.

While a certain amount of brain shrinkage is normal with age, greater amounts in some parts of the brain have been linked to dementia.


Colleges: Drinking age 'not working'

By Stephen Kiehl | Sun reporter
August 19, 2008
Top university officials in Maryland - including the chancellor of the state university system and the president of the Johns Hopkins University - say the current drinking age of 21 "is not working" and has led to dangerous binges in which students have harmed themselves and others.

Underage drinkers often get free alcohol from adults, federal study finds

By Vikki Ortiz, Bonnie Miller Rubin and Lisa Black | Chicago Tribune reporters
12:02 AM CDT, June 26, 2008

Despite stricter laws and stern warnings that "we card hard," millions of teenagers are still getting their hands on alcohol. And they're often getting it for free from people who should know better: adults of legal drinking age.


Vermont Eyes Lowering the Drinking Age



Posted: 2008-02-29

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Feb. 29) - More than two decades after the United States established a uniform drinking age of 21, a nascent movement is afoot to allow 18- to 20-year-olds to legally buy alcohol under some circumstances.

Proponents say the higher age hasn't kept young people from consuming alcohol and has instead driven underage consumption underground, particularly on college campuses.


Binge drinkers pick beer over spirits

From correspondents in New York

August 08, 2007

MOST binge drinkers will reach for beer rather than wine or spirits when they set out to get drunk, US researchers said today.

The study by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention examined the drinking habits of 14,000 adult binge drinkers across 18 US states.

What they found is that 67 per cent of these drinkers drank only or mainly beer in their most recent binge, with easy access to beer seen as a major reason.


Binge Drinkers Prefer Beer Because It's Easy to Buy (Update1)

By Elizabeth Lopatto

Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Three-quarters of binge drinkers chose beer over other types of alcohol, in part because it is more readily available, according to a study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Third of Americans Have Alcohol Problems at Some Point

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter
Monday, July 2, 2007

MONDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- More than 30 percent of Americans say they have had problems with alcohol, a new study shows.

Among those with drinking problems, 17.8 percent say they have alcohol abuse problems, and 12.5 percent are alcohol-dependent, according to the report in the July issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry.


Moderate Drinking Linked to Breast Cancer

By Jeanna Bryner

LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 29 April 2007

WASHINGTON — Moderate alcohol consumption, or about two drinks a day, has often been touted as heart healthy in recent years, but a new study finds the same quantity causes cancer.

Mice given the human equivalent of two drinks daily developed breast tumors that were nearly double the weight of those in their “dry” relatives.


Binge drinking raises cancer risk

Monday, 23 April 2007

A study of 17,647 nurses found twice the risk of breast cancer in women who drank 22-27 drinks a week compared with those who drank one to three drinks.

The risk was greatest when drinks were consumed in a short period, reported the European Journal of Public Health.

Experts said women should try and limit the amount of alcohol they drank.

Women in the study were aged over 44, and most drank a moderate amount of alcohol.