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International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research
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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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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.
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.
The ISFAR forum considered a recent paper that was based on data from more than 5,000 adults participating in an internet-based survey, which sought to determine the perceptions of subjects on the relation of alcohol to heart disease, and how these perceptions resulted in particular behaviours related to alcohol consumption.
The positive association between alcohol intake and certain hormone-dependent cancers - especially breast cancer- that has been noted in many studies has been attributed to an effect of alcohol through an increase in levels of estrogen and other hormones.
Epidemiologists have noted for many years that one of the key factors that affect the relationship between alcohol intake and many diseases is individuals’ education, income, or other index of socio-economic status (SES). While differences in drinking habits, other more moderate lifestyle factors, better access to health care and better diet have been suggested as potential mechanisms, there has been little research directed at this relation.
Two recent papers have provided data on the association of alcohol consumption with the risk of developing heart failure (HF).
Three major papers on the association of alcohol consumption and cancer have recently been published. ISFAR forum members considered that all were well-done, and presented valuable new information on the topic.
Among elderly people, falls leading to hip fracture are a major health problem, leading to severe morbidity and mortality. Underlying factors that increase the risk of hip and other fractures include osteoporosis and low bone mineral density, as well as an unsteady gait making falls more common.
Among people who consume alcohol, it would be assumed that the excess calories provided by the alcohol would add to their risk of obesity. However, current data suggests that the association may be more complex.
Mediterranean area. The primary basis of the diet is on plant-based foods (whole grains, vegetables, fruits), olive oil, moderate wine consumption, and limited intake of meat or dairy products.
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