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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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Critiques from the ISFAR look at research into the health effects of consuming alcoholCan consuming alcohol lead to the development of a heart condition? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 185 28 April 2016

A recent study in Denmark tested the hypothesis that alcohol consumption, both observational (self-reported) and estimated by genetic instruments, is associated with the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) and to determine whether people with high cardiovascular risk are more sensitive towards alcohol than people with low risk.


The ISFAR considered research into the link between alcohol consumption and the risk of pancreatic cancerThe link between alcohol consumption and pancreatic cancer - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 184 4 April 2016

The ISFAR reviewed a meta-analysis based on data from more than 4m subjects in prospective cohort studies, among whom 11,846 incident cases of pancreatic cancer were diagnosed.


The ISFAR has challenged the findings of recent research into the link between total mortality and the moderate intake of alcoholWhen research gets it wrong - An unusual analysis of the association of alcohol consumption with mortality - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 183 24 March 2016

The stated purpose of this new analysis was to determine whether misclassifying former and occasional drinkers as abstainers and other potentially-confounding study characteristics underlie observed positive health outcomes for low volume drinkers in prospective studies of mortality.


The latest critique from the ISFAR considers research into the link between alcohol and diabetesWhat association between alcohol consumption and the risk of diabetes mellitus? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 182 8 March 2016

Most previous studies have shown that consumers of light-to-moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages tend to have a significant reduction in their subsequent risk of developing Type II diabetes mellitus (DM).


The latest critique from the ISFAR looks at research into a link between alcohol consumption and mortality among womenWhat is the association between alcohol intake and total mortality risk among women? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 180 9 February 2016

Recent research followed more than 6,000 women in a population-based cohort in an area of southern Sweden. The results of the follow-up were used to estimate how baseline levels of alcohol consumption, at age 50-59 years, related to total mortality risk over the subsequent 17 year


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.


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