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The International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research hosts forums that look at research conducted around the world on the relationship between alcohol consumption and health.

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How does alcohol impact on your quality of life? The ISFAR considers recent researchHow does alcohol affect your quality of life? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 178 12 January 2016

Many studies have shown that moderate alcohol drinkers tend to have higher ratings of their quality of life (QOL) than non-drinkers. The directionality of this association has been difficult to ascertain: Does moderate drinking improve someone’s QOL, or do people with higher QOL to begin with tend to drink alcohol moderately? 


The latest critique from the ISFAR considers research into the cardiovascular side of alcohol consumptionCan alcohol reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 177 21 December 2015

While there have been many observational studies of the relation of alcohol consumption to health risks and benefits, the number of clinical trials of alcohol administration for its health effects are limited.


Does alcohol provide no protective effect on mortality? The ISFAR considersAlcohol consumption's link with risk of total mortality - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 176 14 December 2015

Most observational studies have found that moderate drinkers, in comparison with non-drinkers, tend to have lower risk of all-cause (total) mortality; this is probably related primarily to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death among the elderly.


The latest critique from the ISFAR looks at recent research into the link between alcohol consumption and the development of breast cancerAlcohol's association with breast cancer - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 175 25 November 2015

Most observational epidemiologic studies have shown a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer for women who consume alcohol; the degree of increase is usually small for light-to-moderate drinkers (between 5% and 15% increase for consumers of no more than one drink/day), but the risk may be higher for women consuming greater amounts of alcohol.


This critique from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research considers a study into the effect of wine and cardiometabolic riskWhat effect does wine have on diabetes? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 174 19 October 2015

Observational epidemiologic studies have consistently found that moderate drinkers are at lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Such alcohol consumption also lowers both the risk of diabetes as well as of CVD among diabetics. However, there have been few clinical trials of the administration of alcohol or wine among diabetics, and most have been for relatively short periods of time.


The results of the latest research under the ISFAR magnifying glass suggest that the healthiest way to consume alcohol is frequently, but in low volumesInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 173: Alcohol and the risk of acute myocardial infarction 15 October 2015

A recent paper presented prospective data from a large population-based cohort from rural Norway, a region with typically-light alcohol consumption and many abstainers who were not ex-heavy drinkers.


The latest critique from the ISFAR considers research into a link between alcohol consumption and diabetesInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 172: Alcohol and the risk of developing diabetes 8 October 2015

Prospective cohort studies for decades have tended to show that the risk of developing Type II diabetes mellitus is reduced among moderate drinkers in comparison with non-drinkers.


Could recent research reviewed by the ISFAR point to a higher risk of cancer from consuming larger amounts of alcohol?International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 170: An update on the association of alcohol consumption with the risk of cancer 1 September 2015

A recent analysis - based on data from two very large cohort studies, the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study - evaluated the association of alcohol consumption over many years with the risk of cancer.


The latest critique from the ISFAR considers research into the link between IQ and the relationship with alcoholInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 169: Effects of IQ on risk of morbidity and mortality related to alcohol consumption 25 August 2015

Our forum recently considered a paper based on a large cohort of subjects in Sweden who had IQ tests as children (when they were 13 years old) and were then followed for more than 30 years.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 168: Effects of Alcohol on Blood Pressure in Women: A Randomised Trial 5 August 2015

A recent paper describes the effects among 24 normotensive pre-menopausal women, all of whom were regular drinkers (of an average of two to three drinks per day), of the administration of two levels of alcohol in the form of red wine in a randomised clinical trial.


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