Study confirms drinking during pregnancy can harm unborn babies

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy really DOES lead to poor brain function in babies, study confirms UK health officials advise pregnant women not to drink throughout pregnancy Study reinforces accepted view it leads to poor cognitive function in children  Bristol University research shows it can also lead to a lower birth weight   Drinking alcohol at any point in pregnancy leads to […]

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Twelfth-grade binge drinking linked to risky driving practices

(HealthDay)—Twelfth-grade binge drinking predicts early adulthood risky driving practices and high-risk drinking in early adulthood, according to a study published online Jan. 6 in Pediatrics. Federico E. Vaca, M.D., M.P.H., from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues examined the longitudinal correlations of 12th-grade binge drinking with driving while impaired (DWI), riding with an impaired driver (RWI), blackouts, extreme […]

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Frequent drinking is greater risk factor for heart rhythm disorder than binge drinking

Drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently is linked with a higher likelihood of atrial fibrillation than binge drinking, according to research published today in EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). ‘Recommendations about alcohol consumption have focused on reducing the absolute amount rather than the frequency,’ said study author Dr. Jong-Il Choi, of Korea University College […]

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Sleep myths debunked, from swallowing spiders to drinking before bed

Have you ever heard the old wives’ tale that you swallow eight spiders in your sleep over the course of your life? Turns out you’re not alone, as a poll from US firm Mattress Advisor and OnePoll suggests. They tested the knowledge of 2,000 Americans to see just how much they know about the science of sleep and whether certain […]

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Bottles of alcohol to carry information on healthy drinking guidelines

Bottles of alcohol will finally carrying information on healthy drinking guidelines more than three years after new rule was introduced The Government’s chief medical officer issued guidelines back in January 2016  It has taken three years for the government to impose strict new packaging rules  Members of alcohol standards industry told in 2016 printing guidance optional  Alcohol firms will finally […]

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Does alcohol on greeting cards undermine public health messages about harmful drinking?

Birthday and Christmas cards featuring alcohol or harmful drinking “reflect and reinforce a social attitude that excess alcohol consumption is acceptable and associated with celebration,” warn experts in The BMJ today. Tracey Polak, Assistant Director of Public Health, and Virginia Pearson, Chief Officer for Communities, Public Health, Environment and Prosperity at Devon County Council say these cards “influence views on […]

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