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In a Norwegian population where the average consumption of alcoholic beverages is low, moderate intake of alcohol was inversely associated with the risk of heart failure. A group of researchers from Sweden, Norway and the USA analyzed the association between light-to-moderate alcohol intake and the risk of heart failure (HF) in a population-based study of 60,665 individuals free of HF. Frequent consumption of alcoholic beverages, i.e. more than five times per month, was associated with the lowest risk of HF.…
This unique, prospective study of older Spanish adults showed that particular drinking patterns - drinking only with meals and the Mediterranean drinking pattern were linked to a lower risk of frailty. No previous study has assessed the association between alcohol-drinking patterns and risk of frailty (*) in older adults. Spanish researchers therefore carried out a prospective cohort study with 2,086 community-dwelling individuals aged 60 and older, recruited in 2008-2010, and followed them through 2012. The results showed that individuals with…
For the first time, the association between the intake of alcoholic beverages and mortality in patients with Alzheimer Disease (AD) was examined. The results give important knowledge on how a very common lifestyle factor – alcoholic beverages – can affect the lives of people diagnosed with AD specifically. Patients consuming moderately (2-3 units/day) had a significant lower mortality over a period of 36 months. An increasing prevalence of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and dementia with increasing age combined with a growing…
When summarizing the recent scientific evidence, it seems that light to moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages is less likely to be a risk factor for obesity than heavy drinking and binge drinking. Since one gram of alcohol provides 7.1 kcal (29 kJ) and alcoholic beverages can be considered additive to the energy intake from other dietary sources, it is widely believed that even moderate drinking promotes a positive energy balance leading to weight gain and ultimately to obesity. However, studies…
Mixing alcohol with diet beverages may result in higher breath and blood concentrations compared to the same dose of alcohol mixed with a sweetened mixer. On 5 occasions, 20 study participants received in a double-blind manner 1 to 5 doses of either alcohol and diet soda and alcohol and regular soda. The results from both alcohol doses showed that the breath alcohol concentration was elevated when a diet mixer was used compared to a sweetened mixer in men and women.…
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