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Alcohol

effects of alcoholism

How alcohol can shorten your life span by up to 28 years

February 4th, 2021

When drinking alcohol goes from being an occasional treat to an everyday habit, the risks of a person developing an alcohol use disorder grows dramatically.  A new study of individuals diagnosed with an alcohol use disorder reveals a dramatic decrease in average life expectancy.  Individuals that received the diagnosis lived, on average 24 to 28 …

quitting alcohol

If you ditch alcohol, here’s what you can look forward to

December 30th, 2020

Alcohol can be enjoyable in moderate amounts, but a regular drinking habit can also throw your body for a loop. Health Digest offers up a massive list of all the benefits of giving up booze, and it’s hard to ignore. Everything from sleeping better to improved blood pressure and overall health is waiting for you …

hangover cure

Did scientists just discover the real cure for a hangover?

September 13th, 2020

Researchers have concluded that a supplement of L-cysteine can significantly reduce hangover symptoms in those who take it while drinking. Significant reductions in anxiety, stress, headache, and nausea were reported in those who took the supplement versus a placebo group. The supplement can be bought pretty much anywhere, but safety and effectiveness for long-term use …

alcohol cancer risk

Even a little alcohol can raise your risk of getting cancer, study finds

December 10th, 2019

Over the years, there has been no shortage of studies focused on alcohol consumption. Some studies suggest there are benefits to moderate consumption of alcohol on a regular or semi-regular basis, while others warn of the many potential dangers. A new study published in the journal Cancer falls squarely in the latter category. The research, …

heavy metals alcohol

Booze bottles might be more dangerous than the alcohol inside them

June 29th, 2019

Alcoholic beverages are carefully controlled and their distribution is strictly regulated. Unfortunately, the typically fancy bottles that various spirits, beer, and wine come in might be hiding some rather serious dangers of their own. A new study that focused on the materials used to make various alcoholic beverage bottles reveals some seriously disturbing levels of …

heart failure alcohol

Heart failure doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking, apparently

December 28th, 2018

Being diagnosed with heart failure is a serious thing, and individuals who receive such news from their doctors are likely to examine their lifestyles and, in many cases, change some of their habits. For fans of alcohol, that might mean dramatically lowering their intake or even quitting altogether. However, a new study published in JAMA …

is alcohol safe

New study says there’s no ‘safe’ amount of alcohol

August 24th, 2018

If you’re just trying to make it through the work day so you can head to a local happy hour, you might want to rethink your plans. According to a new study by researchers studying the effects of alcohol, there’s actually no safe amount of those tasty intoxicating beverages. The study compiled data from nearly 700 …

Weed alcohol liver damage

Alcoholics who smoke weed every day have healthier livers, study finds

January 27th, 2018

Medical marijuana is now legal in 29 states, with a laundry list of positive uses including pain control and controlling nausea. But according to a new analysis of hospital discharge records, chronic marijuana use could have another side effect: Preventing liver damage in alcoholics. A peer-reviewed paper accepted for publication in Liver International journal looked at inpatient …