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Deaths Attributable to Alcohol Abuse on the Rise

Deaths Attributable to Alcohol Abuse on the Rise

Researchers from Cedars-Sinai just announced findings in JAMA Network Open on alcohol abuse (AUD) that confirm the fears of many. Deaths from alcohol abuse have risen sharply during the pandemic. Mortality rates for all age groups and sexes have increased. The research team based their findings on deidentified 2012-2019 data…

How Excessive Drinking Impacts Health

How Excessive Drinking Impacts Health

Alcohol use is up sharply in the U.S., due in part to the pandemic. One impact of this rise – liver transplants, and patients waitlisted for liver transplants are up 50%. Alcohol liver disease is the primary reason patients require transplants. Why does the liver suffer when a person drinks…

Alcohol Abuse and Suicide Risk

Alcohol Abuse and Suicide Risk

A new study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry finds those suffering from alcohol abuse syndrome have a significantly higher risk of suicide. How much higher? Fifty percent. A research team from the Department of Population Health in New Zealand reached this conclusion after analyzing data…

Intoxicated Driving… Underestimating How Drunk We Are

Intoxicated Driving… Underestimating How Drunk We Are

Drunk driving accounts for close to 30% of all fatal car accidents in the U.S. Researchers at Cambridge University in the U.K. recently sought to understand why so many people drive when intoxicated. Could it be that humans are generally unable to determine their level of intoxication after drinking? The…

Disturbing New Data on COVID and Alcohol Consumption

Disturbing New Data on COVID and Alcohol Consumption

It's well documented that alcohol consumption in the U.S. jumped by more than 20% in 2020, driven in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic. Researchers at Mass General have just published research in the journal Hepatology[i] that looks at the long-term health consequences of that single-year increase. Their findings are…

Alcohol's Impact on the Human Fetuses Examined

Alcohol's Impact on the Human Fetuses Examined

For years, medical professionals have been aware of the negative impacts of alcohol consumption during pregnancy on childhood development. Now researchers from the Medical University of Vienna have released data from an MRI study of the brains of fetuses whose mothers admitted to consuming alcohol while pregnant. The study is…

Another Grim Pandemic Milestone

Another Grim Pandemic Milestone

Researchers at Michigan Medicine have just published new data on the pandemic and alcohol abuse. They report that registrations for the national organ transplant waiting list tied to alcoholic hepatitis and actual liver transplants for alcohol-related inflammatory liver disease rose dramatically during the pandemic. How dramatically? Each rose by 50%…

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