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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.


Heavy Drinking in College May Harm Heart


THURSDAY, April 19 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy drinking during the college years takes it toll on the heart, research suggests.
In a new study, college students who regularly drank to excess had above-normal levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a blood marker for systemic inflammation long linked to cardiovascular illness.

But the news was not all bad. Moderate drinkers actually had lower, healthier CRP readings than those who drank little or no alcohol, the study found.


Report: Binge Drinking Rises at Colleges

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Substance abuse on college campuses is nothing new, but it is taking a more extreme and dangerous form, with higher rates of frequent binge drinking and prescription drug abuse, and more negative consequences for students such as arrests and risky sexual behavior.


Surgeon General: Teen Drinking a Problem

The Associated Press
Tuesday, March 6, 2007

WASHINGTON -- Americans need a wake-up call about the widespread use of alcohol by millions of underage drinkers, acting Surgeon General Kenneth Moritsugu said Tuesday.

Moritsugu issued a report that he said was designed to get all sectors of society involved in solving a major health problem. He described alcohol as the drug of choice for teens.


Expert says ban all alcohol ads

Friday, 23 February 2007

A leading doctor says all advertising of alcohol must be banned in a bid to curb Britain's growing drink problem.

The comments by the head of the Royal College of Physicians come as latest data show alcohol-related deaths in the UK have doubled in the past 15 years.

Professor Ian Gilmore said the measure was necessary to protect children who were influenced by sporting heroes wearing branded clothing.

Government said it was already introducing measures to help.

Professor Gilmore suggested a phased ban.


Heavy drinking risky for women with hepatitis

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Heavy alcohol use increases mortality with hepatitis C virus (HCV) to a greater extent in women than in men, according to a report.

"Previous studies indicated that alcohol use is a risk factor for HCV disease progression, but they seldom examined the effect on women and men separately," lead author Dr. Chiung Chen, from CSR, Inc., Arlington, Virginia, said in a statement. "Even fewer studies were able to examine the effect of alcohol on HCV mortality. Our study provides empirical evidence to fill the gap."


Binge Drinking May Be Biggest Alcohol Threat: Survey

THURSDAY, Jan. 25 (HealthDay News) -- A statewide New Mexico survey suggests

that most Americans who drink too much may not, in fact, be full-blown alcoholics but rather binge drinkers.

While the poll revealed that 16.5 percent of that state's residents are excessive drinkers, only 1.8 percent of the men and women interviewed met the official definition for alcohol dependence.

In turn, most of these excessive drinkers were found to be engaged in "binge drinking" -- defined as imbibing five or more drinks at one sitting.


Bingeing youth of educated women

Thursday, 18 January 2007

Educated women are far more likely to binge-drink in their 20s than those with few qualifications, a study shows.

The Institute of Child Health examined the drinking habits of thousands of British women born in 1958.

Social pressures at work have been blamed, alongside the extra money the educated have to spend.

However, by age 40 less-qualified women were more likely to be drinking too much, the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health study found.


Hypertension, alcohol can mix — just a little


By Steve Sternberg, USA TODAY

This year might be a little more festive than last for men with high blood pressure, thanks to a major study out Tuesday showing that one or two drinks a day doesn't appear to boost their heart attack risk.

"We could not find any increased risk of heart disease or death due to heart disease for moderate drinkers," says Joline Beulens of the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands via e-mail. "Moderate drinkers may even have a reduced risk for heart attack."


Protective effect from alcohol seen in head injury

Tue Dec 19, 2006

By Will Dunham

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Alcohol is to blame in many accidents that cause major head injuries, but it also might help people survive after they get hurt, researchers said on Monday.

Researchers examined data on 1,158 patients treated at a Toronto hospital for severe brain injury due to blunt trauma from 1988 and 2003.