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Results of a prospective study indicate that moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages several days per week can decrease the risk of kidney disease whereas excessive intake will have the opposite effect. A recent Japanese study reports that consuming up to 23 g of ethanol on 4 to 7 days per week almost halved the risk of consecutive proteinuria. Proteinuria describes a condition in which urine contains an abnormal amount of protein. Although it is normal to leak tiny amounts of …
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 09:29

Survey in France: Young people and wine

A qualitative and quantitative survey among 600 young people (18-35 years) was conducted in France. The results show that young people have a different relationship with wine depending on the age: teenagers often look for getting drunk rapidly – also known as binge drinking. As they grow older they tend to drink less excessively and wine consumption increases (instead of other alcoholic beverages). Wine is a social product, it creates a link between people and is synonymous of sharing moments.…
This meta-analysis confirmed an inverse association between the moderate intake of alcoholic beverages and thyroid cancer risk. To explore the influence of alcohol consumption on the risk of thyroid cancer, Chinese researchers conducted a meta-analysis of available epidemiological data. Their literature search included 24 studies (7 cohort studies, 17 case-control studies and a total of 9990 thyroid cancer cases). The results showed that any drinking, in relation to nondrinkers, was associated with a 20%, light drinking (≤12.5 g/day of ethanol)…
In most chronic liver diseases, chronic heavy alcohol consumption is a risk factor for developing cirrhosis and liver cancer, however, moderate intake of alcoholic beverages may be protective against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Alcohol consumption often acts in synergy with other chronic liver diseases to accelerate liver injury and increases the risk of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver-related mortality. A review of the scientific literature by US researchers revealed that drinking higher amounts of alcohol (greater than 30g/day for…
This study suggests that moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages at an older age may be beneficial for cognitive health. Preliminary evidence suggests that moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages may protect against cognitive decline and dementia. It is uncertain, however, which are the most beneficial patterns of drinking. US scientists examined how drinking habits, characterized by volume and frequency of intake, relate to cognitive function in older age. The study population included 1624 older adults (mean age ± SD = 73.2…

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