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Results from the Born in Bradford Study provide evidence for an increased risk of small for gestational age (SGA) births associated with binge drinking. Alcohol can cross the placenta during pregnancy to enter the baby’s blood and potentially alter the development of the fetus. Frequent alcohol use in early pregnancy has been linked to congenital malformations of the heart, brain and kidney. Excessive alcohol consumption throughout pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol syndrome and has been associated with preterm birth and…
Thursday, 13 February 2014 13:22

Drinking patterns do matter

Moderate intake of alcoholic beverages has been related to a lower mortality rate. However, there is more to it than the amount of alcohol. Spanish scientists examined the drinking patterns and concluded that the traditional Mediterranean drinking habits are associated with a lower risk of mortality. Researchers from the University of Navarra (Spain) have investigated the association between the overall alcohol drinking patterns and all-cause mortality in more than 18 000 participants for up to 12 years. The Mediterranean alcohol…
“Drinking is our modern way of bonding”: results from a qualitative study suggest that interventions to reduce alcohol-related harm among young people should focus on the social consequences and image-related concerns of excessive drinking which appear to be stronger motivators for young people than health concerns. In recent years, important changes in the culture of alcohol use in the UK and other European countries were observed and an increasing government and media concern about the health and social consequences of…
The findings from this study do not support the notion that any amount of alcohol increases the overall risk of dying from cancer. Epidemiological studies have suggested an inconsistent association between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and the risk of all cancer mortality. A research team from the School of Public Health at the ZhejiangUniversity in Hangzhou (China) conducted a meta-analysis to explore the impact of alcohol drinking on all cancer mortality. They were able to confirm the health hazards…
The findings of a meta analysis indicate that that the moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages can be a preventive factor in the development of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease which is characterized by chronic destructive debilitating arthritis and affects approximately 1% of the adult population. It is thought to be the result from the interaction between environmental and genetic factors. Alcohol consumption is believed to play a role as preventive factor but findings of its effect…

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