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Britain and Ireland top boozing league

Jun 1, 2006

Britain is third in a list of European binge-drinkers, while Ireland has been given the dubious honour of coming top.

A European Union (EU)-wide survey on alcohol consumption conducted by UK-based Institute of Alcohol Studies and funded by the European Commission found that British adults went on binges an average of 28 times a year.

That represents a drinking session once every 13 days, leaving Britain behind only the Irish and the Finns in the continent. The Italians, on the other hand, go bingeing four times less frequently than Britons.


Just two drinks a week may lower unborn child's IQ

Fri May 26, 2006

By Megan Rauscher

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For pregnant women, even a few alcoholic beverages per week during the first or second trimester can have harmful consequences on the cognitive development of the unborn child.

A long-term study has found that 10-year-old African-American children who were exposed to between two to six drinks per week during pregnancy, particularly in the second trimester, had a lower IQ compared with children who were not exposed to alcohol while in the womb.


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.