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Alcohol (news articles below)

Recommended limits Drinking alcohol in moderation isn’t likely to be harmful; in fact, many studies suggest it may even be beneficial. But the more you drink, the greater your risk of serious health problems and alcohol abuse. According to Government guidelines, women should drink no more than two to three units of alcohol a day, and should aim to have at least one alcohol-free day each week. This is designed to highlight the need for moderation and prevent the binge-drinking ( alcohol abuse ) that is so harmful to the liver. These limits are lower than those for men, because women’s bodies metabolise alcohol differently. This means alcohol remains in the body for longer and therefore has greater potential for damage.   The risks The risks associated with drinking more than the recommended alcohol amount include:
  • liver damage (eg, cirrhosis)
  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • throat cancer
  • kidney damage
It’s also worth noting that while alcohol doesn’t contain fat, it is high in calories. A glass of dry white wine, for example, can contain more than 100 calories.   During pregnancy Alcohol drunk during pregnancy can cross the placenta and reach the foetus, although it’s not clear exactly how much is harmful. For this reason, some experts recommend that you avoid alcohol altogether while pregnant; others say that one or two units once or twice a week, up to four units a week, shouldn’t cause any harm.   If needed anybody with a alcohol abuse problem should get treatment as soon as possible. This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in August 2005. First published in November 1997.  

Alcohol Abuse News:

They Drink, They Drug, and You Are ThereNothing on television matches the freaky calculus of exploitation and good will in A&E’s ?Intervention,? which lures dope fiends and alcoholics into confrontations with their families. His Dark MaterialDavid Carr sifts through his drug-related past in an attempt to answer the question: What really happened? This One?s for DaddyFacing the memories of a father?s short life of hard drinking, cruelty and the circumstances that helped push him to those extremes. After the Battle, Fighting the Bottle at HomeA body of evidence suggests that alcohol abuse is rising among veterans of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. Out of ControlAn oral biography of the comedian Chris Farley. Going NowhereJonathan Miles?s fine first novel takes the form of a letter from a stranded traveler, who uses the time to digress on a lifetime of regrets and an impressive array of cultural issues, large and small. From a Bright Past to a Cloudy FutureVito J. Fossella Jr. had a topsy-turvy path from his political beginnings to his D.W.I. arrest and the revelation that he fathered a child out of wedlock. Forcing Sobriety, However ImperfectlyAlcohol-monitoring bracelets can help people get over substance abuse problems, but they are not perfect. Congressman May Face Jail in D.W.I. CaseRepresentative Vito J. Fossella faces a mandatory five days in jail under Virginia statutes if convicted. He was stopped while driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. The Vodka Chronicles – Maybe now that John McCain is the presumptive Republican nominee, his campaign wants to put his vices in a vise and sanitize the wild side of the man. Can Sips at Home Prevent Binges?Little guidance is offered to parents on teaching teenagers about the pleasures of wine with a meal without endorsing reckless behavior. Ex-Officer Is Sentenced in Drunken-Driving Death – The former police officer who admitted she was driving while intoxicated when the fatal crash occurred, was sentenced to a year in jail. A Conviction Might Limit, but Not End, a Political Career, Observers SayA charge of drunken driving may be far from a political kiss of death for Adam Clayton Powell IV. Got a Mint, Comrade? Chinese Ban Liquid LunchA Communist Party campaign in Xinyang, China, seeks to catch civil servants partaking of alcohol-soaked meals. New Generation Gap as Older Addicts Seek HelpAcross the country, substance abuse centers are reaching out to older addicts who have historically been ignored. Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council On Drugs And Alcohol To Award Substance Abuse Prevention Program Grants (KXMA-TV Dickinson) – BISMARCK, ND – The Governor’s Prevention Advisory Council on Drugs and Alcohol has awarded grants to five organizations to help decrease substance abuse among the youth of North Dakota. “Substance abuse is best addressed through p Substance-abuse program cuts leave school districts scrambling (The Pantagraph) – BLOOMINGTON — Some area school districts are scrambling to find counselors and social workers after a state funding loss for drug- and alcohol-abuse programs left them without help for their students. Bay Area Author Documents Tragedies of Alcohol Abuse With Humor In New Book (PRWeb via Yahoo! News) – Bill Belew is an educator and journalist who writes and teaches what he knows. A husband and father of three children, Belew is author of the new book, “Gee, I Wish I Had Been Drinking At The Time.” Sub-titled, “101 Reasons Why You Never Hear Those Words,” Belew has compiled 101 vignettes detailing bizarre, tragic and real stories that have occurred because of alcohol indulgence. Time for tough action on alcohol (The Scotsman) – TOO many words and not enough action is being used to tackle alcohol abuse in Scotland, medics in Edinburgh have said. Drug and alcohol tests for construction workers involved in mishaps (News 1130) – Drug and alcohol tests will soon be required for any unionized construction worker in British Columbia who is involved in a mishap. That’s after a deal was reached between B.C.’s construction unions and … Women’s Alcohol Use Tied to Delayed Childbearing (MedicineNet.com) – Title: Women’s Alcohol Use Tied to Delayed Childbearing Category: Health News Created: 8/21/2008 2:00:00 AM Last Editorial Review: 8/21/2008 Priest: Abuse allegations were downplayed (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) – UPDATE: BELLEVILLE — A retired priest and former Belleville Diocese official told a St. Clair County jury today that allegations of priest sex abuse in the diocese were written off as “dirty laundry.” Report Links Parents to Teen Substance Abuse (Westport News) – An annual study by Columbia Uni versity’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) is pointing the finger at parents as a major reason why teens use alcohol, drugs and tobacco. Substance abuse issue most common mental health diagnosis in North: report (CBC North) – A new report on mental health shows that substance abuse problems are the most common mental health issues in both the Northwest Territories and in the Yukon. Women’s Alcohol Use Tied to Delayed Childbearing (HealthDay via Yahoo! News) – WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20 (HealthDay News) — Alcoholism is associated with delayed childbearing in women, according to a study that compared women’s and men’s lifetime history of alcohol dependence and their age when they had their first child. All content within WomensHealthOnly.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. WomensHealthOnly.com is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content of WomensHealthOnly.com website.

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