Patients with heart rhythm disorder warned against heavy alcohol consumption

Fourteen drinks a week is linked with a higher risk of health problems including stroke and embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation, according to research published in EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).1 “Our study suggests that atrial fibrillation patients should avoid heavy alcohol consumption to prevent stroke and other complications,” said author Dr. Boyoung […]

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‘Soaring alcohol misuse’ could overwhelm services

Addiction services in England could struggle to cope with “soaring” numbers of people misusing alcohol, the Royal College of Psychiatrists is warning. Many adults are drinking more since the coronavirus pandemic began, data shows. The college estimates that in June, more than 8.4m people in England were drinking at higher-risk levels, up from 4.8m in February. It says deep cuts […]

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Research shows that the addictive effect of alcohol is altered in the presence of pain

A research team from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Valencia has shown that the presence of physical pain alters the effect of alcohol as a reinforcement to avoid suffering. The study, published in journal Pain, analyzes how the neurochemical signals derived from alcohol are altered in the nucleus accumbens of the brain, which is responsible for pleasure, […]

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1 glass, not 2 or 3: Study says Canada’s drinking guidelines are too high

You’re still at risk of developing severe alcohol-related health problems, even if you drink within Canada’s low-risk drinking guidelines, according to a new study. The Canadian guidelines specify 15 drinks per week for men, with no more than three drinks a day most days. For women, it’s 10 drinks per week, with no more than two per day most days. […]

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If you’re ageing and on medication, it might be time to re-assess your alcohol intake

Drinking patterns tend to change as we age. The older we get, the more likely we are to drink on a daily basis. But older adults often perceive that drinking is only a problem if a person appears drunk. Australia’s draft alcohol guidelines recommend healthy adults drink no more than ten standard drinks per week and no more than four […]

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Why older women don’t think the alcohol guidelines apply to them

Older women are drinking at risky levels and don’t feel the alcohol guidelines apply to them, a new study reveals. Previous research has found "risky drinking" among older Australian adults is on the rise. The new study set out to explore why. Older women have revealed why they drink and what they deem as ‘acceptable’ in a new study.Credit:Getty In […]

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Heart attack: Drinking this amount of alcohol could trigger the deadly condition

A heart attack can be life threatening. The deadly condition occurs when a blood clot forms inside the artery after a fatty deposit has broken off from the artery wall. The heart is essentially a pump that keeps blood moving around the body. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to all parts of the body and also carries away unwanted carbon […]

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