Meta-analysis finds no association between moderate alcohol consumption and bladder cancer

There are multiple known risk factors for bladder cancer, such as smoking or the male gender. But the role of dietary factors like alcohol consumption is less clear. Urology experts try to gain more insight into the relationship between alcohol and bladder cancer with a systematic review and meta-analysis, published in World Journal of Urology. Results show only an increased risk for heavy alcohol consumption in some subgroups. There appears to be no association when alcohol is consumed in moderation.

Call for Posters – poster session 9th European Beer and Health Symposium

Another edition of the European Beer and Health Symposium will take place in Brussels on the 24th of September. Apart from interesting presentations, there will also be a poster session where scientists can present their research on moderate alcohol consumption. Are you a scientist and would you like to participate? The Organising Committee happily invites you to submit an abstract and poster.

Meta-analysis finds small decreased risk of colorectal cancer for moderate drinkers

It is well-established that heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of certain cancer types, including colorectal cancer. But the effect of moderate alcohol consumption is less clear. A recent meta-analysis, published in International Journal of Cancer, found a J-shaped relation between alcohol consumption and the risk of colorectal cancer, suggesting a small protective effect of drinking less than three alcoholic consumptions a day.

More research needed on alcohol and osteoporosis

A new meta-analysis suggests that 1-2 drinks a day increases the risk of osteoporosis with 34% compared to abstainers. With 2 or more drinks a day, the risk increases to 63%. Sounds pretty much! But is it true? The article is published in the scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, but has so many shortcomings that it actually only highlights the confusion there can be about osteoporosis.

Alcohol consumption associated with decreased risk of gallstone disease

Could alcohol consumption decrease the risk of gallstone disease? A recent meta-analysis, published in the scientific journal Gut and Liver, confirms that alcohol consumption is associated with a decreased risk of gallstone disease; indicating alcohol could have a preventive effect. But whether there is an optimal alcohol dose remains unclear.

Consistent moderate drinking pattern associated with lower risk for heart disease

The J-shaped curve between alcohol consumption and coronary heart disease has been challenged in many ways. According to a meta-analysis examining long-term data from 35.000 people, moderate alcohol consumption is indeed associated with a lower risk for coronary heart disease compared to non-drinking. However, results suggest consistency matters. When people have an unstable drinking pattern over time, there is an elevated risk at heart disease. The article was published in the scientific journal BMC Medicine.

Meta-analysis finds association between alcohol consumption and food energy intake

Does alcohol consumption make you eat more? And is there a difference is dose-response? A recent systematic review and meta-analysis1, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, tried to find answers to these questions. The results suggest that even relatively modest alcohol consumption may lead to an increase in food consumption.

Light to moderate alcohol consumption associated with decreased risk of dementia

Alcohol has been identified as one of the risk factor for dementia and cognitive decline. However, it might not be this black and white, as moderate consumption has been associated with beneficial effects. A recent scoping review looked at the evidence of 28 systematic reviews to get a better understanding of this possible dose-response relationship. The study was published in the scientific journal Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy.

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