Binge drinking, five or more drinks on one occasion for men and four of more drinks for women, not only suggests risky alcohol use but it is occurring with greater frequency in all age groups. Though binge drinking is often associated with college-aged adults, the prevalence of binge drinking in those over 60 is increasing … Read More

A study done by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada found that every year more than 100,000 children are born worldwide with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). FAS is a lifelong disorder with a known cause and it is preventable. Globally, about 10% of women in the general population consume alcohol during pregnancy, and … Read More

Numerous news stories have reported that moderate drinking can help you live longer and lower your risk for heart disease. But, the scientific evidence may be shakier than we once believed. A recent study reviewed 87 previous studies that showed health benefits from moderate alcohol use. The current analysis of past studies did not support the idea that moderate drinkers, those … Read More

We aren’t talking about having a hangover the next day. You may have that when you binge drink, defined as 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men in 2 hours or less. But binge drinking also depresses your immune system. We know that binge drinking increases the risk of falls, burns, gunshot wounds, … Read More

After being diagnosed with diabetes, many wonder if they can still enjoy a glass of wine, a beer or an occasional cocktail. The simple answer is, yes. As with many issues related to diabetes management there is good news and bad news. The good news is that light to moderate use of alcohol lowers the … Read More

Your doctor has told you to “watch your cholesterol.” Your numbers are up and you want to bring them down. You leave the office and then think of questions you wished you had asked. You aren’t alone. Here are some common questions people frequently ask us about cholesterol. To lower my cholesterol, do I have … Read More

Don’t fall for this myth! Rather than sobering you up, coffee makes it harder for people to realize they are drunk. When you drink too much alcohol, you feel tired and intoxicated. When you drink alcohol and chase it with caffeine, you feel awake and competent to handle situations, such as driving. You may feel … Read More

Too much alcohol can hurt your heart. Drinking too much alcohol can damage your liver and your brain but did you know that it can cause an irregular heartbeat? Men who drank 5 or more beers a day had a 46% chance of suffering an irregular heartbeat. Women who drank 2 drinks a day had … Read More

We know that alcohol can damage an unborn baby but the question remains, how much alcohol is needed to cause harm and when is the risk greatest for the developing baby. For obvious ethical reasons, researchers cannot expose pregnant women to alcohol and wait to see the results. But a group of researchers from the … Read More

Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol is healthy. But, exactly how much is considered moderate?  Researchers in England used math modeling to figure out how much alcohol you need to gain a health benefit. It was far less then you might think. They showed that a half glass of wine (1/2 cup or 4 ounces) … Read More