Experts agree that excessive alcohol intake by a pregnant woman is dangerous to the developing baby but there has been disagreement as to whether smaller amounts are harmful. A number of recent studies are suggesting that there is no safe amount or safe stage during pregnancy to drink alcohol. An editorial and studies presented in … Read More

We know that excessive drinking is a risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF). AF is an abnormal heart rhythm characterized by the rapid and irregular beating of the atria (the two upper chambers of the heart). A new study published in the journal Heart Rhythm showed that even moderate drinking, approximately 2 drinks a day, … Read More

Approximately 40% of adults in the US drink alcohol at levels that can risk their health. Researchers collected information from over 34,000 people and defined “at-risk” use of alcohol as 14 or more drinks a week or more than 4 drinks on one occasion for men and 7 drinks a week or more than 3 … Read More

There are many reasons why binge drinking is bad – alcohol poisoning, car accidents, poor school performance, and possible sexual assault. But now we can add poor bone health to the list of negatives for young women. Researchers from Loyola Marymount University in California looked at female college students, aged 18 to 20. Those who … Read More

Because alcohol has a lower boiling point than water there is a presumption among home cooks and many culinary professionals that alcohol added to recipes cooks off when exposed to heat. The fact is, in many recipes, a lot of alcohol is left after cooking. The US Department of Agriculture Nutrient Data Laboratory calculated the … Read More

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