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Meta-analysis on the association between alcohol and uterine myoma

Uterine myoma is a benign tumor in the muscle tissue of the uterus. A recent meta-analysis, published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, looks at the association between myoma and alcohol consumption in women. However, data is limited and more research is needed to draw a clear conclusion. Read more

Effect of alcohol consumption on female fecundability: a meta-analysis

Alcohol consumption seems to have a negative effect on the probability of becoming pregnant during one single menstrual cycle. Every 12.5 g alcohol per day (one large glass) decreases the fecundability in women with 2%. That is the conclusion of a first meta-analysis and systematic review that was recently published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports. Read more

Meta-analyses: light to moderate alcohol consumption seems to decrease risk of gastric cancer whilst higher alcohol consumption increases it

Heavy alcohol consumption can increase the risk of gastric cancer (both in men and women), while light to moderate alcohol consumptive could decrease this risk (especially in women). Heavy consumption of spirits seems to be associated with the highest risk of gastric cancer. That is the conclusion of three meta-analyses that were recently published in the scientific journal Oncotarget Read more

First meta-analysis on the association between alcohol and local enlargement of the abdominal aorta

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a cardiovascular disease where the aorta in the abdomen is larger than normal. A recent meta-analysis, published in the scientific journal British Journal of Surgery, looks at the association between alcohol consumption and this disease. The researchers found a lower risk when consuming 10-15g alcohol per day. More research is needed to further investigate the association. Read more

Alcohol consumption and frailty among elderly: a meta-analysis

The number of elderly is growing in Europe. Two recent studies looked at the association between alcohol consumption and frailty among this group. Elderly who consume alcohol (up to 40 g/day) appear to have a lower risk of frailty compared to their non-drinking peers. It is unclear what causes this association and whether confounding factors are playing a role. The results were recently published in the scientific journals Age and Ageing and Bioscience Trends. Read more

Moderate alcohol consumption within a balanced lifestyle – conference at the European Parliament

On Wednesday 29 November 2017, at the European Parliament in Brussels, a conference took place on moderate alcohol consumption within a balanced lifestyle. European scientists showed that moderate and responsible consumption of alcoholic beverages by healthy adults can be fully compatible with a balanced lifestyle and may incur several health benefits. During the conference, all speakers stressed that harmful consumption of alcohol should be prevented. Education and prevention programmes to target alcohol misuse, with involvement of the alcohol industry, are therefore very important. Read more

Alcohol and incident atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Low alcohol consumption (up to 6-7 drinks per week) is not associated with the development of atrial fibrillation. The risk of atrial fibrillation seems to increase with moderate alcohol consumption (1-2 drinks per day) in men and with high alcohol consumption (different definitions) in women. These were the findings of a systematic review and meta-analysis, recently published in the scientific journal International Journal of Cardiology. Read more

Alcohol and gastrointestinal disorders: a systematic review

What we eat and drink can have a lot of influence on our gastrointestinal tract. For the first time, researchers systematically reviewed the effect of alcohol on gastrointestinal disorders. A limited number of available studies indicates that overall alcohol is not associated with the most common gastrointestinal disorders; more than 6 glasses of alcohol per week could have a negative effect. The results are recently published in the scientific journal Best Practice and Research: Clinical Gastroenterology. Read more

The Dutch Beer Institute offers grant of € 5,000 for young researchers

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The Dutch Beer Institute offers a grant of € 5,000 for the study of responsible alcohol/beer consumption in a healthy lifestyle. The project should focus on biomedical, nutritional or (psycho-)social aspects of responsible alcohol consumption, specifically taking into account (non-alcoholic) beer. Young researchers are invited to apply. Application deadline is 27 November 2016. Read more

Moderate alcohol consumption might have negative effects on brain

We already know that heavy drinking can damage the brain. On the other hand, many studies found that moderate alcohol consumption could protect against diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. For the first time, it now appears that alcohol consumption of 11 drinks per week might increase the risk of specific types of brain damage compared to not drinking. The British research was recently published in the scientific journal BMJ. Read more

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