Cirrhosis Increasing at Alarming Rate in Younger Women

Researchers have found that the burden of cirrhosis in women in North America has increased substantially in recent years, a worrying trend driven by a rise in alcohol-related liver disease (ALD) and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Projections suggest that both ALD and NAFLD rates will result in even higher cirrhosis incidence by 2040, with the most worrisome upward trends seen in young women with ALD and post-menopausal women with NAFLD.

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Fewer Young Adults Drinking, But More Smoking Weed

Fewer college-age Americans drink alcohol, compared to nearly 20 years ago, according to a new study. Between 2002 and 2018, the number of adults aged 18-22 in the U.S. who abstained from alcohol increased from 20 percent to 28 percent for those in college and from about 24 percent to 30 percent for those not in school, say researchers at the University of Michigan and Texas State University. And alcohol abuse among both groups decreased by roughly half. However, the study found that the number of young adults using marijuana, as well as co-using alcohol and marijuana, has increased.

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Alcohol Consumption Spikes During Pandemic, Especially for Women

American adults have sharply increased their consumption of alcohol during the shutdown triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, with women increasing their heavy drinking episodes (four or more drinks within a couple of hours) by 41 percent, according to a new RAND Corporation study.A national survey found that the overall frequency of alcohol consumption increased by 14 percent among adults over age 30, compared to the same time last year. The increase was 19 percent among all adults aged 30 to 59, 17 percent among women and 10 percent among for non-Hispanic White adults.

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Most Drinkers Are 'Happy Drinkers' But Many Get 'Wasted'

People have always used different words to describe the inebriating effects of alcohol, from "blotto" in the 1920s to "honkers" in the 1950s. Now, new Penn State research suggests the language young adults use to describe the effects they feel from drinking may give insight into their drinking habits.

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Even 'Low-Risk' Drinking Can Be Harmful

A growing body of research continues to reveal that even moderate drinking can negatively affect your health. Consuming alcohol even within recommended weekly low-risk drinking guidelines can result in hospitalization and death, according to a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

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Alcohol Ads Linked to Drinking Behavior

Another scientific study has given the alcohol industry proof that their huge advertising budgets are indeed paying off. The more ads people see, the more they drink Cornell University research has confirmed. The more alcohol ads someone was exposed to, the study determined, the more likely they were to report consuming at least one alcoholic drink in the previous month. And among drinkers, exposure to more ads correlated to consuming more drinks.

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Study: A.A. Most Effective Path to Sobriety

Alcoholics Anonymous, the worldwide fellowship of sobriety seekers, is the most effective path to abstinence, according to a comprehensive analysis of studies of more than 10,000 participants conducted by a Stanford School of Medicine researcher and his collaborators.

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Alcohol Ads Should Be More Regulated

The marketing of alcoholic beverages is one cause of underage drinking, public health experts conclude. Because of this, countries should abandon what are often piecemeal and voluntary codes to restrict alcohol marketing and construct government-enforced laws designed to limit alcohol-marketing exposure and message appeal to youth. These conclusions stem form a series of eight review articles which synthesized the results of 163 studies on alcohol advertising and youth alcohol consumption.

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