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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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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.


The latest critique from the ISFAR  looks at a survey into consumersInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 167: What Determines a Person’s Belief that "Alcohol is Heart-Healthy?" 24 July 2015

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 latest critique from The ISFAR considers research into the link between alcohol consumption and several cancersInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 165: Fibre Intake may Modify the Association of Alcohol Consumption with Certain Hormone-Dependent Cancers 4 June 2015

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.


The latest critique from the ISFAR considers research into the effects of alcohol consumption based on socio-economic statusInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 164: Why are the Harmful Effects of Alcohol Consumption Greater among People with Low Education and Income? 14 May 2015

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.


The latest critique from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research considers two research projects into alcohol consumption and the risk of heart failureInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 163: The Association of Alcohol consumption with the Risk of Developing Heart Failure 5 May 2015

Two recent papers have provided data on the association of alcohol consumption with the risk of developing heart failure (HF).


The latest critique from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research considers three papers that looked at the link between alcohol consumption and cancerInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 162: What is the Association between Alcohol Consumption and Cancer? 13 April 2015

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.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 161: The Effects of Alcohol Consumption on the Risk of Hip Fracture 31 March 2015

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.


The latest critique from The ISFAR looks at research into the the association between alcohol consumption and obesityInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 160: Do the Calories in Alcoholic Beverages lead to Increased Obesity? 25 March 2015

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.


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