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.
Tuberculosis is a major health problem in low and middle income countries. A new meta-analysis, published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, investigates the association between alcohol consumption and tuberculosis. Based on mainly Asian data, results show that alcohol is an important risk factor for tuberculosis.
Erectile dysfunction is the most frequently diagnosed sexual dysfunction among older men. A new meta-analysis investigating the association between alcohol consumption and erectile dysfunction is published in the International Journal of Impotence Research. Results show that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a lower risk of erectile dysfunction. Underlying mechanisms might be related to mechanisms in cardiovascular disease.
The association between alcohol consumption and lung cancer is still unclear. A new study investigates this association and also looks at the interaction of alcohol and smoking. Results show that alcohol consumption does not increase the risk of lung cancer. The combination of alcohol and smoking is associated with a strong increase in the risk of lung cancer. The study is recently published in the scientific journal Cancer Epidemiology.
A recently published meta-analysis combines data of 26 studies to reinvestigate the association between alcohol consumption and Parkinson’s disease. The results, published in the scientific Journal of Neurology, do not show a clear association. The researchers suggest that a well-executed large cohort study could give more insight in the association.
Alcohol is a potential risk factor for pneumonia, but evidence is limited. A new meta-analysis now combines data from 14 observational studies and finds that alcohol consumption can increase the risk of pneumonia. The results are published in the scientific journal BMJ Open.
29 September is World Heart Day. A day dedicated to raise awareness of heart health. A healthy lifestyle can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Moderate beer consumption can be part of this healthy lifestyle and can help decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. To make people aware of this, Beer and Health produced a short movie to explain the effect of moderate beer consumption on cardiovascular health.
Alcohol is suggested to increase the risk of sleep apnea. A new meta-analysis now combines data from randomized controlled trials to further investigate this proposed association. Results show that alcohol is related to several breathing parameters related to sleep apnea. The meta-analysis was recently published in the scientific journal Sleep Medicine Reviews.
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. Application deadline is 26 November 2018.
A new meta-analysis looks at the association between alcohol consumption and incidence of hypertension in both men and women. Results show that for men any alcohol intake increases the risk of hypertension, compared to abstainers. For women, there is no increased risk up to 2 drinks per day. This meta-analysis was recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.