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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

Meta-analysis: Alcohol consumption lowers the risk of thyroid cancer

It is already known that (mainly excessive) drinking increases the risk of cancer. Now it appears that alcohol consumption can lower the risk of thyroid cancer. That is the conclusion of Korean researchers in a meta-analysis that was recently published in the scientific journal Cancer Research and Treatment. Read more

Moderate alcohol consumption lowers the total burden from chronic diseases

It is already known that moderate alcohol consumption can be protective against cardiovascular diseases and that (especially excessive) alcohol consumption increases the risk of cancer. When taken all together, it appears that moderate alcohol consumption can lower the total burden from chronic diseases. That is the conclusion of Dutch researchers in a study that was recently published in the scientific journal European Journal of Epidemiology. Read more

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