Critiques from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

Critiques from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

By: International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

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.



International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 143: Is Alcohol's Cardio-Protective Effect Still Valid? 21 Jul 2014

A recent paper, which uses a very large dataset from subjects of European descent, uses a Mendelian randomisation analysis to estimate the effects of alcohol consumption on cardiovascular disease (CVD), using as the instrumental variable an uncommon allele affecting alcohol metabolism, the ADH1B rs1229984 variant.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 142: A Study on Alcohol Consumption and Mortality 14 Jul 2014

The large European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition Study (EPIC) has released a new analysis of the relation of alcohol consumption to mortality.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 141: Alcohol Consumption and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction 4 Jul 2014

The Interheart Study is a large international collaborative project which follows individuals with a first heart attack (myocardial infarction) and compares their age- and sex-matched controls across 52 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, North and South America.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 139: Does Adjustment for Stress Levels explain the Protective Effect of Moderate Drinking on the Risk of Mortality? 19 May 2014

An inverse or reduced risk association between moderate alcohol consumption and total mortality has been reported in most prospective epidemiologic studies, even after adjustments for all known potential confounders such as educational level, job and health.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 138: Under-Reporting of Alcohol Intake Affects the Relation of Alcohol to the Risk of Cancer 23 Apr 2014

Epidemiologists are often faced with reported adverse health effects of alcohol among subjects reporting very low levels of consumption, levels that physiologically should not cause diseases such as cancer.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 136: Alcohol’s Effects on Cardiovascular Risk among Subjects with Diabetes Mellitus 19 Mar 2014

A paper by Blomster JI, to be published in Diabetes Care is based on the largest study on diabetes in the world.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 135: Binge Drinking Increases Mortality Risk among Moderate Drinkers 12 Mar 2014

A recent study of late-life alcohol consumption and drinking problems was based on a sample of “late-middle-aged” (55–65 years old at baseline) “community residents” who were recruited from the western part of the US.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 133: Alcohol Intake may Lower the Risk of Developing Multiple Sclerosis 4 Feb 2014

Previous research has shown that alcohol consumption may be associated with a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, and other autoimmune diseases. There have also been reports that alcohol may lower the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS).


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 132: Pattern of Alcohol Consumption and Cause of Death in a Large European Prospective Study 22 Jan 2014

A large group of investigators participating in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study have reported on the association of alcohol consumption with disease-specific mortality over a 12-year period among a very large number of men and women.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 131: Effects of Alcohol Consumption on the Risk of Gout 23 Dec 2013

A new meta-analysis has been conducted to assess the effects of alcohol consumption on the risk of gout.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 129: Effects of Alcohol Consumption on Risk of Skin Cancers 25 Nov 2013

A recent report from more than 59,000 women in the Women’s Health Initiative related alcohol consumption to the risk of melanoma (MM) and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC).


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 128: Little Effect of Alcohol Consumption on Breast Cancer Risk Found among African-American Women 18 Nov 2013

Alcohol is known to be a risk factor for breast cancer in Caucasian women, but the evidence in African-American (AA) women is limited and results from previous studies are inconclusive.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 127: Estimation of Alcohol-Attributable and Alcohol-Preventable Mortality in Denmark 7 Nov 2013

In an attempt to judge the harmful and beneficial health effects related to alcohol consumption, scientists in Denmark have carried out analyses comparing alcohol-attributable and alcohol-preventable mortality in the country.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 126: Moderate Alcohol Intake may Lower the Risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis 11 Oct 2013

Moderate alcohol intake, compared with abstinence, has been related to lower inflammatory markers and a reduced risk of many auto-immune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus, autoimmure diabetes, and Graves hyperthyroidism.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 125: Alcohol Consumption and Risk of Colorectal Cancer; Potential Modification by Folate Intake 25 Sep 2013

Many epidemiologic studies have shown a slight increase in the risk of breast cancer and colorectal cancer to be associated with alcohol consumption.


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