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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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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.


The latest critique from The ISFAR considers research into the benefits or otherwise of alcohol consumption among Mediterranean subjectsInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 159: Alcohol as a Component of the Mediterranean-Type Diet; Effects on the Risk of Mortality among Diabetics 17 March 2015

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.


The latest critique from The ISFAR looks at the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 158: Alcohol Recommendations in the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 4 March 2015

Last month, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted the 'Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee' to the Secretaries of the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).


The latest critique from The ISFAR has attacked recent research that was published in The BMJInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 157: A Mistaken Interpretation of Data Relating Alcohol to Mortality 20 February 2015

The authors of a recent paper on alcohol and mortality, and the case for age-specific alcohol consumption guidelines published in the BMJ, have carried out a regression analysis to examine the association of reported alcohol consumption with all-cause mortality, dividing their sample into different age groups.


The latest critique from The ISFAR considers research into the link between alcohol consumption and the risk of cirrhosisInternational Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 156: The Pattern of Alcohol Consumption and Risk of Cirrhosis 10 February 2015

A recent paper, from a group of experienced investigators in Denmark using data from a large population-based cohort, attempted to judge how drinking pattern affects the risk of a subject developing alcoholic cirrhosis.


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