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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."


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.


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".


CDC: American Alcohol, Health Ideas Wrong

Tue Apr 19, 2005

By DANIEL YEE, Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA - The government Tuesday warned that a few drinks a day may not protect against strokes and heart attacks after all.

Some studies in recent years have touted the health benefits of moderate drinking. Some have even said that up to four drinks a day can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease in people 40 and older.


Wine or Beer? Both Equal Higher Blood Pressure

Mon Apr 18, 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Red wine might be considered good for overall health, but it raises blood pressure nearly as much as beer does, Australian researchers reported on Monday.

People at risk of high blood pressure should not switch to red wine in the hope of being able to drink more, they concluded.

"A positive relationship between alcohol consumption and blood pressure is well established, but the relative effect of specific alcoholic beverages is controversial," said R


People Drinking More - But at Home

By Karen Attwood, PA

Alcohol consumption increased last year, but people were drinking more at home rather than in bars, restaurants and pubs, according to statistics released today.

People ate out less and households were consuming less overall, the National Statistics study for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs revealed.

But the consumption of fruit and vegetables fell despite the Government’s strong message to eat at least five portions a day.


Health Tip: Drinking and Pregnancy

(HealthDay News) -- Drinking alcohol while you are pregnant can cause your baby to be born with a series of physical and mental birth defects called fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). It's a leading cause of mental retardation.

No one knows exactly how much alcohol a woman has to drink to cause FAS in her baby (and that level may be different among women). So experts agree that the best thing to do is not to drink alcohol at all while you are pregnant -- that includes beer, wine, wine coolers and liquor.


Heavy Drinking More Common on Campus Than Off -Study

Mon Mar 7, 2005

CHICAGO (Reuters) - U.S. college students drink more alcohol and are more likely to binge drink than young adults who are not in college, but the nonstudents are more likely to be dependent on alcohol, a study said Monday.

Other studies have found that college students are more likely to take part in heavy or binge drinking than peers in the same age group who do not attend college.

The 2001 survey of 6,300 people aged 19 to 21 found 18 percent of college students reported alcohol-related problems compared to 15 percent of those not in college.



By: Bob Drury Illustration by: Nathan Fox


What havoc did New Years Eve and all those office parties wreak?

Men's Health sent an intrepid reporter, as a public service mind you, to simulate a round of end-of-the-year partying. Indulge the way we all do during those dizzying two weeks between December 15 and New Year's Eve, and see what really happens inside your body. It's not a wives' tale...


Alcohol, Tobacco Pose Equal Burden on Global Health

Thu Feb 3, 2005

By Patricia Reaney

LONDON (Reuters) - When it comes to causing death and disability, alcoholic drinks are as bad as tobacco and high blood pressure.

Alcohol is linked to more than 60 different medical conditions, including oral, liver and breast cancers, heart disease, stroke and cirrhosis. It also increases the risk of car accidents, drowning, falls and homicides.