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Alcohol during pregnancy? Better not

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One of the more controversial issues about health recommendations over the last few years has been an attempt to get pregnant women to totally eliminate alcohol from their lives during their pregnancies because, as the authorities keep reminding us, when it comes to the health of a fetus, there is no known safe limit for […]

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Alcohol: Another negative effect

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If you already have atrial fibrillation (AF) or if you’re worried about it, and if you’re aging, you should definitely at least consider the prospect you may end up with AF, then you may – actually, you should – either learn to abstain from alcohol or at the very least, significantly cut down on how […]

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Splain this, if you can, Lucy

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So everyone should know by now that alcohol is a pretty potent carcinogen. But in fact, according to a recent American survey only about 25 % of people know that alcohol raises the risk of cancer. So let me repeat: Alcohol raises the risk of many cancers, perhaps most notoriously breast cancer (“notoriously” because at […]

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Drink too much? Suffer. Period.

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Beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine after liquor, never sicker., Uh, no. At least not according to an excellent study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In this study, in the first week, 90 (presumably very happy and willing) volunteers were given set amounts of beer and wine to drink, […]

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The privileges of royalty

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According to an article in Vanity Fair (which has also been reported by several other news sites), there may be a simple reason the amazing 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II is still going so strong: her alcohol intake. As I reported in another post, low to moderate alcohol intake was related in a recent excellent large […]

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Wine for brain health? Maybe

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The alcohol wars are akin to a game of ping pong – a soon as some experts publish a piece of evidence that moderate regular intake of alcohol, especially wine, may be good for you, you can be sure that within days, perhaps within hours or even minutes, some other experts will aver that no, […]