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A meta-analysis and review of the scientific evidence showed that the risk of ischaemic heart disease and other detrimental effects of a high intake of alcoholic beverages is increased in heavy drinkers. Whereas moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages is associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, the risk of heavy drinking is not clear. Previous studies have been equivocal. Canadian researchers carried out a meta-analysis of population studies reporting on chronic heavy drinking and risk for ischaemic heart disease…
Moderate wine consumption can reduce the risk of multiple myeloma by 23% in women. Multiple myeloma (MM) is a cancer of a type of white blood cell normally responsible for producing antibodies as the body’s immune response. In MM, abnormal plasma cells accumulate in the bone marrow, where they interfere with the production of normal blood cells. MM develops in 6.1 per 100,000 individuals per year and is considered to be incurable but treatable. Even though a positive association between…
According to the review of the Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group, there is no robust evidence for or against recommending the implementation of alcohol advertising restrictions. The misuse of alcoholic beverages is a significant risk factor for ill health, injury (e.g. through violent behaviour or road traffic collisions), death and social problems around the world. Advertising to promote the drinking of alcoholic beverages is very common and some parties among health groups, governments and scientists reportedly believe that restricting the…
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 11:57

Launch of new European Code Against Cancer

Launch of new European Code Against Cancer (14 October 2014) The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) launched the fourth edition of the European Code Against Cancer which recommends 12 individual actions to reduce cancer risk. Emphasizing lifestyle choices, the code recommends avoiding tobacco, harmful drinking, and excessive sun exposure, also advising Europeans to be physically active and maintain a healthy diet and body weight. This updated Code's recommendation regarding alcohol reads as follows: "If you drink alcohol of…
An Australian study examined the acceptance of cancer warning statements for alcoholic beverages among drinkers. There are increasing calls for warning labels to be placed on alcoholic beverages. Warning statements have been proposed to be an important form of providing information to the consumers. Studies evaluating the effectiveness of warning labels have concluded that significant behavioural changes have not occurred. Focus groups of Australian heavy alcohol drinkers suggested that warnings statements such as "alcohol increases your risk of cancer" may…
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