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Only one way to avoid a hangover -- don't drink

CHICAGO, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- New Year's, Halloween and St. Patrick's Day have one thing in common: People who normally don't consume much alcohol get plastered. My brother used to refer to those holidays as amateur nights.

So with the New Year just around the corner, what better time to examine various cures for the dreaded hangover.

Sufferers complain of headache, nausea, sensitivity to light and noise, lethargy, dysphoria, diarrhea and thirst. As the effects of imprudent consumption fade, anxiety and depression may set in. The causes? Possibly hypoglycemia, dehydration, acetaldehyde intoxication, glutamine rebound and vitamin B12 deficiency. At any rate, the morning after is highly unpleasant.

Among the recommendations to speed recovery is hair of the dog -- another good stiff belt. But that likely only eases the unpleasantness temporarily. Intravenous drips of B vitamins have been offered as a solution on some television medical dramas as well as popping vitamin C and N-acetylcysteine. Other advice has included drinking a massive amount of water (ideally before going to bed) and a breakfast including lots of sugar and fat -- just try keeping it down. About.com suggests pickles and canned fish (hey, they drink pickle juice in Poland). Lifescript.com suggests drinks like Gatorade or even the kids' Pedialyte to replace depleted electrolytes and lots of fruit.

If all else fails, go back to bed.

"No compelling evidence exists to suggest that any conventional or complementary intervention is effective for preventing or treating alcohol hangover. The most effective way to avoid the symptoms of alcohol induced hangover is to avoid drinking," the British Medical Journal has advised.

Wikipedia reports the ancient Romans favored raw owl's eggs or fried canary the morning after while the French whipped up the "Prairie Oyster," a mixture that includes raw egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, salt and pepper. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel once offered Coke mixed with milk and Ernest Hemingway preferred tomato juice and beer. Then there's the "Black Velvet": equal parts champagne and flat Guinness Stout.

For those who want a more physical approach there's always a shower, alternating hot and cold water, but that can induce heart arrhythmias, Wikipedia said. Lifescript advises a workout to help sweat it out.

And there's always sex. It releases oxytocin, a natural pain reliever.

If you're craving coffee, forget it. Coffee is a diuretic that can make the dehydration worse.

In recent years, remedies like Alcohol-X and PreToxx have made their appearance. Doctors advise staying away from aspirin and acetaminophen, but ibuprophen is OK.

Much of the effect can be blamed on the alcohol itself -- ethanol has a dehydrating effect -- and once the body's enzymes get to work on it, it's broken down into other substances much more toxic than the alcohol itself.

What you're drinking can also make a difference. The BMJ found bourbon is twice as likely to cause a hangover as vodka. Some researchers blame cogeners, which give liquor unique tastes -- the darker the drink, the more cogeners.

When it comes to wine, a bad harvest can produce painful results, with young wines more likely to produce hangovers than those aged in oak barrels, essortment.com reports. Also reds have more negative effects than whites.

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These are related stories from the same website.

Here another topical news headline - "Alcohol behind almost all murders in Queensland, figures reveal". When you take all of the above with the facts that there are a lot of empty calories in alcohol, it tends to lead to uninhibited behavour and any benefits can be derived from supplements you start to ask where the myth that alcohol is good for you arose. Could it be the powerful alcohol industry that has a vested interest in its sale?

You'll decide for yourself whether you wish to drink alcohol. It should be obvious that I have chosen not to. It was not a factor in my cancer - I am a non drinker. However, I getting tired of the attempt to market drinking as healthy when it is not.

Alcohol has been a negative factor in the lives of some family and friends. It is time to put a stop to the notion that it is good for you.


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Sydney councils opt for New Year's Eve alcohol bans

SYDNEY councils and police are cracking down on anti-social behaviour this New Year’s Eve, with temporary alcohol-free zones across the city and suburbs.

Manly locals are facing a dry NYE after police and council rangers were been given new powers to enforce the alcohol bans in place in public areas, which extend across the Manly CBD and beachfront.

ALCOHOL-FREE NYE FIREWORK VANTAGE POINTS
CIRCULAR QUAY: East Circular Quay, Circular Quay Promenade, The Rocks, First Fleet Park, Campells Cove, Dawes Point Park and Observatory Hill Park.
CREMORNE POINT: Cremorne Point Reserve.
DARLING POINT: McKell Park and Yarranabbe Park.
KIRRIBILLI: Mary Booth Lookout
MILSONS POINT: Bradfield Park and Mary Booth Lookout.
NORTH SYDNEY: Blues Point Reserve.
POTTS POINT: Embarkation Park.
PYRMONT: Pirrama Point Park.
RUSHCUTTERS BAY: Rushcutters Bay Park.
WAVERTON: Balls Head Reserve.

New State Government laws allow officers to immediately confiscate any alcohol being illegally consumed in an “alcohol consumption prohibited zone (ACPZ)”, rules which had previously only applied to the less common “alcohol-free zones”.

On-the-spot fines could previously be issued for drinking in ACPZs, but infringement notices have now been replaced with “tip-out” confiscation powers for all authorities.

The new laws will apply for all public events in the area taking place on local reserves during NYE.

http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.co ... ohol-bans/

[comment - apart from these zones are likely to be safer - do you really need alcohol to enjoy New Year? We are going to see a movie. Hope that you enjoy whatever it is you choose to do]


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Binge drinking increases melioidosis risk

Health authorities are warning that heavy drinking can increase the risk of contracting the potentially deadly disease melioidosis.

There have been a record 91 cases of the soil-borne disease in the 12 months to October and another 25 cases reported since then.

Doctor Vicki Krause from the Centre for Disease Control says having more than 20 standard drinks a week can affect your immune system, putting you at risk of the disease.

"The heavy drinking of alcohol and the binge drinking of alcohol decreases your immune system, so people of any age and with any condition or with no other illnesses have to be concerned," he said.

"If they're drinking alcohol heavily, dangerously or hazardously, they're putting themselves at risk of melioidosis."

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Risk for Alcoholism Linked to Risk for Obesity

ScienceDaily (Dec. 30, 2010) — Addiction researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that a risk for alcoholism also may put individuals at risk for obesity.

The researchers noted that the association between a family history of alcoholism and obesity risk has become more pronounced in recent years. Both men and women with such a family history were more likely to be obese in 2002 than members of that same high-risk group had been in 1992.

"In addiction research, we often look at what we call cross-heritability, which addresses the question of whether the predisposition to one condition also might contribute to other conditions," says first author Richard A. Grucza, PhD. "For example, alcoholism and drug abuse are cross-heritable. This new study demonstrates a cross-heritability between alcoholism and obesity, but it also says -- and this is very important -- that some of the risks must be a function of the environment. The environment is what changed between the 1990s and the 2000s. It wasn't people's genes."

Obesity in the United States has doubled in recent decades from 15 percent of the population in the late 1970s to 33 percent in 2004. Obese people -- those with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more -- have an elevated risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers.

Reporting in the Archives of General Psychiatry, Grucza and his team say individuals with a family history of alcoholism, particularly women, have an elevated obesity risk. In addition, that risk seems to be growing. He speculates that may result from changes in the food we eat and the availability of more foods that interact with the same brain areas as addictive drugs.

"Much of what we eat nowadays contains more calories than the food we ate in the 1970s and 1980s, but it also contains the sorts of calories -- particularly a combination of sugar, salt and fat -- that appeal to what are commonly called the reward centers in the brain," says Grucza, an assistant professor of psychiatry. "Alcohol and drugs affect those same parts of the brain, and our thinking was that because the same brain structures are being stimulated, overconsumption of those foods might be greater in people with a predisposition to addiction."

Grucza hypothesized that as Americans consumed more high-calorie, hyper-palatable foods, those with a genetic risk for addiction would face an elevated risk from because of the effects of those foods on the reward centers in the brain. His team analyzed data from two large alcoholism surveys from the last two decades.

The National Longitudinal Alcohol Epidemiologic Survey was conducted in 1991 and 1992. The National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions was conducted in 2001 and 2002. Almost 80,000 people took part in the two surveys.

"We looked particularly at family history of alcoholism as a marker of risk," Grucza explains. "And we found that in 2001 and 2002, women with that history were 49 percent more likely to be obese than those without a family history of alcoholism. We also noticed a relationship in men, but it was not as striking in men as in women."

Grucza says a possible explanation for obesity in those with a family history of alcoholism is that some individuals may substitute one addiction for another. After seeing a close relative deal with alcohol problems, a person may shy away from drinking, but high-calorie, hyper-palatable foods also can stimulate the reward centers in their brains and give them effects similar to what they might experience from alcohol.

"Ironically, people with alcoholism tend not to be obese," Grucza says. "They tend to be malnourished, or at least under-nourished because many replace their food intake with alcohol. One might think that the excess calories associated with alcohol consumption could, in theory, contribute to obesity, but that's not what we saw in these individuals."

Grucza says other variables, from smoking, to alcohol intake, to demographic factors like age and education levels don't seem to explain the association between alcoholism risk and obesity.

"It really does appear to be a change in the environment," he says. "I would speculate, although I can't really prove this, that a change in the food environment brought this association about. There is a whole slew of literature out there suggesting these hyper-palatable foods appeal to people with addictive tendencies, and I would guess that's what we're seeing in our study."

The results, he says, suggest there should be more cross-talk between alcohol and addiction researchers and those who study obesity. He says there may be some people for whom treating one of those disorders also might aid the other.

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Alcohol addiction treatment - Learn these five tips and support recovery process naturally

(NaturalNews) One third of Americans will experience some form of alcohol use problem during their lifetime. Christmas is a time of cheer and parties but for some the accompanying drinking can be more of a problem than fun. Alcohol can damage the liver, weaken the immune system, slow healing and impair bone formation. However, there are a number of promising alternative medicine strategies that may be helpful when recovering from alcoholism.

Pharmaceutical drugs have little to offer for the treatment of alcohol addiction. Their side effects (diarrhea, headaches, nausea, vomiting and rash) cause suspicion as to whether they are doing more harm than good.

Here is a collection of little-known secrets for treating alcohol addiction naturally.

Milk thistle. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is an ancient herbal remedy for a wide variety of ailments - particularly gall bladder and liver problems. It contains a natural flavonoid called silymarin, which is widely recognized for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Furthermore, preliminary research has shown that milk thistle may help the liver repair itself by improving its overall function, growing new cells and protecting against alcohol-induced liver damage.

Acupuncture. Acupuncture is an ancient treasure of traditional Chinese medicine. This needle based therapy may ease withdrawal symptoms and relieve cravings for alcohol. Acupuncture is considered safe when administered by well trained practitioners using sterile needles.

Kudzu. Harvard scientists discovered that kudzu (Pueraria lobata) - one of the 50 fundamental herbs of traditional Chinese medicine - has promising potential to treat alcoholic cravings. While the exact mechanism for this has not yet been established, there is a theory that kudzu can make alcohol go to your head faster. "We think that this triggers a quicker response. The brain says 'enough' in less time. People feel satisfied on fewer beers", says Scott Lukas, professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital in Belmont.

Stress Management. Avoiding stress is essential in order to get rid of alcohol addiction. Scientists at the university of Liverpool have confirmed that high levels of stress hormone cortisol can result in impaired memory and decision making, which may decrease patient's ability to engage with treatment. Common stress management techniques include deep breathing, meditation and massage.

Vitamins and minerals. Nearly everyone who abuses alcohol tends to get more calories from alcohol and fewer from real food. Taking more vitamin C and a B complex together with minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium can help to replenish the body of depleted nutrients.

Alcohol addiction treatment can be difficult and these natural tips are not a magic bullet. Working with a qualified health professional, who can provide personalized medical advice, is still essential to overcome problems related to alcohol abuse.

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Beer, wine next in line for nutrition labels

ALCOHOL companies could be forced to display nutritional information and list ingredients on packaging for beer, wine and spirits as part of an overhaul of labelling laws being considered by the federal government.

Federal and state food ministers have received a long-awaited report on Australia's labelling laws from a panel headed by former federal health minister Neal Blewett before its release this month.

The report, aspects of which are certain to be challenged by the food industry, is believed to recommend an end to an exemption allowing alcohol companies to avoid listing nutritional information on their products.

Advertisement: Story continues below It follows concern that consumers are often unaware of the high energy and sugar content of alcohol products.

A submission to the inquiry by the Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia argues alcohol should continue to be effectively regulated as a ''food'', largely because its energy concentration is second only to fat.

The alcohol in a standard drink has 290 kilojoules. That does not include the sugar in the drink.

The submission says two glasses of sweet white wine has about as much energy as a plain doughnut.

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Cheers to that, beer may be good for you say Spanish researchers

Men and women who drink moderate amounts of ale and lager reduce their risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, a study of 1249 volunteers has found.

The subjects, who regularly drank beer in moderation, also had a lower body fat content.

But Australian experts have criticised the Spanish study's findings, saying alcohol does more harm than good.

Beer contains folic acid, vitamins, calcium and iron, which researchers say create a protective effect on the cardiovascular system.

Lead researcher Dr Ramon Estruch said drinking moderate amounts of beer was associated with nutritional benefits.

It did not necessarily mean weight gain, since beer had no fat and kilojoule content was low.

The researchers said binge drinking, fatty foods and a lack of exercise were to blame for beer guts.

They suggested men should drink three small glasses of beer a day and women should drink two, combined with exercise and a good diet.

But Melbourne Alcohol Recovery Centre founder Brian Cox said the study sent the wrong message.

"I don't care what tests they do, for me alcohol is like heroin. Once you've had the first drink, it starts off the addiction," he said.

"We've got to look at the big picture." Alcoholism "is a progressive disease and we don't want to educate people saying booze is good for you when we know it's totally not", he said.

Dieticians Association of Australia spokeswoman Melanie McGrice said people shouldn't be encouraged to drink alcohol, because it was high in kilojoules. She said the study was in conflict with current research.

"We're talking about one study here, whereas there's a lot of research to suggest that alcohol puts on weight and that's going to increase your risk of diabetes more than this study shows," she said.

"If somebody isn't drinking, I'd encourage them to maintain that."

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/nation ... 5989869457

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Grog, obesity ignored as cancer hazards

AN alarming number of Victorians are unaware drinking alcohol and being overweight increases their chances of getting cancer.

A Cancer Council Victoria survey that asked almost 3000 adults what they could do to reduce their risk of cancer found that only 9 per cent named limiting alcohol and a mere 1 per cent suggested weight control.

Cancer Council prevention centre director Craig Sinclair said obesity was a leading risk factor for cancer and alcohol caused 1300 cancer-related deaths in Australia every year.

A third of all cancers were linked to lifestyle and were preventable.

"It's concerning that some factors such as stress, for which there is no proven causal link to cancer, sometimes rank higher on people's perceptions of cancer risk than ... weight control and alcohol," Mr Sinclair said.

Research also found cigarettes, sun exposure and family history were the top three things people considered very important in reducing risk.

But Mr Sinclair said maintaining a healthy weight, being physically active, quitting smoking, limiting alcohol intake, eating a balanced diet, screening and sun protection were the most effective ways of avoiding the killer disease.

He called on the new State Government to give cancer prevention priority this year improve awareness of lifestyle factors and their effect on cancer risk.

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Liver disease soaring among young Britons

New figures released in Britain show alcohol-related liver disease among young people is skyrocketing.

The National Health Service (NHS) says the number of people under 30 admitted to hospital in the past decade has risen by more than 50 per cent.

Dr Jonathan Mitchell, who is a hepatologist with the NHS, says a widespread culture of binge drinking in Britain is to blame.

"The biggest change is that there's so many more patients with advanced liver disease in their 20s and 30s, and previously we just didn't see young people," he said.

"But the other more frightening thing is that there are so many more young women than there used to be.

"This used to be a disease for men, but we're seeing more and more women and it's probably around 50-50 with regards to hospital admissions now."

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Lion Nathan to adopt recommendation for health warnings on alcohol labels

LABELS on some of Australia's biggest beer brands will soon carry warnings of health risks, including during pregnancy.

Recommendations to the federal government today suggest laws forcing alcohol packaging to carry health warnings.

This afternoon, Lion Nathan, which owns Tooheys, XXXX and James Boag's, announced it would voluntarily adopt the consumer health messages.

"We have taken this proactive approach to ensure we continue to meet evolving community expectations for more information on primary packaging," a company statement said.

"Because we believe this is the right thing to do we will take these steps regardless of the pending Government response to the report ..."

Former federal health minister Neal Blewett, who chaired the independent review, said the National Health and Medical Research Council recommends pregnant women not drink any alcohol.

"The medical evidence is pretty strong and we did think it was rather odd that you have all this information, all this advice, yet at the point of sale there is no indication at all," he said today.

"That tends to undervalue, therefore, all this other effort to encourage women who are pregnant not to drink."

The panel recommended a general warning, such as "Alcohol is not good for your health", be placed on labels as part of a wider national public health campaign.

'Traffic light' food label call

Dr Blewett also called for clearer labelling to identify foods containing Australian ingredients and said nutritional information should be displayed in fast-food outlets.

Under the "traffic light" food-label system, which has already been adopted in Britain, foods that are high in fat and sugar, for example, are marked in the red category.

Dr Blewett said he believed a range of companies would voluntarily use traffic light labelling on their products, not just those that could display a green mark.

Consumer group Choice has backed the proposed labelling system, but says it doesn't go far enough.

"If this is this going to be useful to consumers, we need to make this mandatory so it's on all foods for all consumers," Choice spokeswoman Clare Hughes said.

The independent panel, commissioned by the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council, came out in favour of current rules for labelling genetically modified (GM) food.

The panel said it saw no reason to alter the rule that only foods or ingredients that have altered characteristics or contain detectable novel DNA be required to display a GM label.

The ministerial council will deliver its response to the report to the Council of Australian Governments by the end of this year.

The federal government says it will carefully assess the panel's 61 recommendations.

"This is an important review of what are matters of widespread interest to consumers, regulators and the wider food and health sectors," Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Ageing Catherine King said.

"This report seeks to address many food labelling issues that have challenged governments here and abroad for many years."

The review's key food labelling recommendations:

- Voluntary use of front-of-pack traffic light system
- Fast food outlets be encouraged to display traffic light system and it be mandatory where health claims are made
- A generic alcohol warning message be placed on alcohol labels as part of a national campaign targeting the public health problems associated with alcohol
- Specific alcohol consumption warning for pregnant women be mandated on individual containers of alcohol and at point of sale for unpackaged alcoholic beverages
- Only foods or ingredients that have altered characteristics or contain detectable novel DNA or protein be required to declare the presence of genetically modified material on the label
- All foods or ingredients that have been processed by new technologies be required to be labelled for 30 years from their introduction into the human food chain

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Australia faces underage alcohol addicts

Sydney, Feb 12 (IANS) Kids as young as 10 years in Australia are undergoing treatment for alcohol addiction, while five teenagers and young people die each week in incidents related to heavy drinking.

Recent studies have confirmed experts' fears that underage drinking is out of control, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.

One in five teenagers now regularly binge-drink by the time he or she turns 16. The rate jumps to about 50 percent by the time they turn 18.

According to a national survey of high school students in Australia, it has been found that parents have eclipsed friends and all other sources of supply for young people. One in three children aged 12 to 17 now turns to any of the parents to provide the rocket fuel they want to ignite a party.

Ted Noffs Foundation's CEO Wesley Noffs said his organisation was being approached to provide residential rehabilitation to minors as young as 10 and 11, while Odyssey House's boss James Pitts said alcohol was blamed for a 33-year high in admissions.

'When I first started working in this industry 25 years ago I saw case files on 16-year-olds and I was sceptical you could even have a problem at that age,' Noffs said.

'But 10 and 11-year-olds can really have serious drug and alcohol problems, we now know it's not just rhetoric. We are really not taking this problem seriously.'

A recent study conducted by the Odyssey House, which is one of the country's biggest rehabilitation centres, found 90 percent of the residents mentioned alcohol as their first drug of intoxication at age 12 or 13.

'These days young people are out there, they're not slinking around hiding. They are in your face, they're drinking in public places,' said James Pitts.

Pitts said the short-term risks were obvious with about 264 people aged 15-24 dying annually due to falls, crashes, fights and other alcohol-related incidents.

'The research indicates that the earlier people start to drink, the greater likelihood they will develop problems later in life,' Pitts said.

A study by the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction found so-called 'cool' parents, social networking, availability of supply and a shift in the traditional family structure fuelled a 'hedonistic culture' of alcohol abuse.

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Red wine 'can boost cancer drug'

An ingredient in red wine can boost a drug's ability to combat breast cancer, research has shown.

Laboratory tests showed that the compound resveratrol enhanced the effect of the drug rapamycin.

Cancer cells resistant to rapamycin alone had their growth inhibited when they were also exposed to resveratrol.

Rapamycin is an immunosuppressant used to prevent the rejection of transplant organs which also has anti-tumour activity.

But the drug's success in clinical trials has been tempered by the fact that cancer cells quickly develop resistance to it.

Dr Charis Eng, who led the new US study at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, said: "Our findings show that resveratrol seems to mitigate rapamycin-induced drug resistance in breast cancers, at least in the laboratory.

"If these observations hold true in the clinic setting, then enjoying a glass of red wine or eating a bowl of boiled peanuts - which has a higher resveratrol content than red wine - before rapamycin treatment for cancer might be a prudent approach."

The findings are published in the journal Cancer Letters.

Dr Eng's team looked at the effect of rapamycin and resveratrol, alone and in combination, on three human breast cancer cell lines.

In all three, low concentrations of resveratrol and rapamycin together led to a 50% growth inhibition.

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Heed the toxic effects of alcohol

(NaturalNews) There is a reason that the word "intoxication" was chosen to explain the effects of alcohol on the body. Intoxication is derived from a Latin word meaning "to poison".

Even though getting intoxicated by drinking excessive alcohol means you are essentially poisoning your body, millions of us enjoy this national pastime on a regular basis.

The biological process by which alcohol impairs our movement, judgment, and speech is actually a fairly simple one that can occur very quickly. The rate at which one becomes intoxicated depends on a variety of variables, including individual tolerance, amount of food in the stomach and weight.

Eating food before drinking can considerably buffer the intoxicating effects since it is delayed from hitting the blood stream all at once.

Alcohol is attracted to the membranes of our nerve cells, where it concentrates and thus affects their function. This is how alcohol impairs your motor functions, speech and many times your natural inhibitions and overall judgment.

Long term alcoholics may even experience a more permanent disorder, termed "alcohol induced neuropathy". The nerve cell damage from years of drinking alcohol manifest in symptoms such as numbness in the lower extremities and weakness in limbs.

In addition to peripheral nerve damage, long term alcoholics tend to die at an early age because of the damage done to multiple organs. Alcohol can seriously damage the liver, kidneys, pancreas, heart, and gallbladder over time, which can lead to early organ failure, cancer or disease.

Alcoholic beverages also cause inflammation of the stomach lining, and they irritate the entire digestive and waste elimination tract as well. It can increase the risk of inflammatory bowel disease, colon cancer, various digestive disorders, and ulcers.

Often times, heavy drinkers starve their bodies of real nutrition without even knowing it, using alcohol as one of their main sources of sustenance. When your main source of "nutrition" is alcohol, the damaging effects can become even more pronounced.

The only thing alcohol contributes is caloric substance. It does not contain any minerals, vitamins, fats, fiber, or proteins necessary for basic bodily functions. You are essentially drinking empty calories when consuming alcohol, as well as contributing to toxic activity within the body.

Alcohol even causes temporary harm to the body for those who only occasionally indulge in drinking. It dehydrates the body because it impairs the function of our anti diuretic hormone, or vasopressin. This hormone helps us to maintain a proper balance of hydration and electrolytes.

When this hormone is suppressed, we urinate too frequently, ridding our body of hydrating fluids too quickly for the body to catch up. This is why you may wake up with a headache or a feeling of extreme thirst in the morning after a night of drinking.

Alcohol also impairs the other hormones which are responsible for kidney function, which over time can cause damage to this vital organ. In extreme cases, or in cases of alcohol poisoning, one may experience convulsions due to a severe electrolyte imbalance.

In less extreme cases, this imbalance of fluids can lead to mental impairment, low blood sugar, and impairment of important antioxidant enzyme activity.

http://www.naturalnews.com/031412_alcohol_toxicity.html


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Heavy Drinking Associated With Increased Risk of Death from Pancreatic Cancer

ScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2011) — Heavy alcohol consumption, specifically three or more glasses of liquor a day, is associated with an increased risk of death from pancreatic cancer, according to a report in the March 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

"Alcoholic beverage consumption -- a modifiable lifestyle factor -- is causally related to several cancers, including oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colorectum and female breast," the authors write as background information in the article. "Heavy alcohol consumption causes acute and chronic pancreatitis but has never been linked definitively to pancreatic cancer."

Using data from the Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II), Susan M. Gapstur, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues from the American Cancer Society, Atlanta, examined the association between alcohol intake and pancreatic cancer. The CPS-II is a long-term prospective study of U.S. adults 30 years and older. Initial data on alcohol consumption was gathered in 1982, and based on follow-up through 2006, there were 6,847 pancreatic cancer deaths among one million participants.

Of the million participants (453,770 men and 576,697 women), 45.7 percent of men and 62.5 percent of women were non-drinkers. The analyses of men only and of men and women combined showed statistically significant increased risk of pancreatic cancer death for consumption of three drinks per day and four or more drinks per day, whereas for women only the estimated risk of death from pancreatic cancer was statistically significant for consumption of four or more drinks per day.

Compared with non-drinkers, consuming three or more drinks of liquor per day was associated with an increased risk of pancreatic cancer death in the total study population, and consumption of two or more drinks of liquor per day was associated with an increased risk in both never smokers and in those who had ever smoked. This association was observed for liquor consumption but not for beer or wine.

In never smokers, there was a 36 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer death associated with consuming three or more drinks a day compared with non-drinkers for men and women combined. In those who had ever smoked, there was a 16 percent higher risk of death from pancreatic cancer after adjustment for smoking history and other variables.

"Findings from the prospective study presented herein strongly support the hypothesis that alcohol consumption, in particular heavy intake, also is an independent risk factor for pancreatic cancer, the fourth most common cause of cancer mortality [death] in the United States," the authors conclude.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 163433.htm


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