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.



The importance of the drinking pattern on wine’s health effects - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 189 26 Jul 2016

A recent review article appearing in Food & Function, a publication of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK, presents a summary of evidence-based scientific data relating the moderate consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages to health.


Pulling apart poor research linking alcohol consumption and cancer - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 188 28 Jun 2016

Previous scientific research has shown that heavy alcohol consumption is a major risk factor for upper aero-digestive cancers, and even light drinking increases slightly the risk of breast cancer in women. A recent study is based on a very small number of cases of cancer in New Zealand, tabulated separately for Maori and non-Maori subjects. The research applies estimates of alcohol effects from other population-based studies.


Is there a link between alcohol and skin cancer? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 187 14 Jun 2016

Skin cancers, whether melanoma, basal cell, or squamous cell, are all increased by ultra-violet rays of the sun, and such cancers are much more common in areas of the world with more sun exposure. The risk of such cancers, however, is higher among individuals reporting excessive tanning. A recent study was undertaken to judge the relation between alcohol consumption and the risk of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), an association that is unclear from earlier research.


Alcohol consumption and the risk of breast cancer and heart disease - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 186 19 May 2016

A large study from Denmark was designed to test the hypothesis that women who increase their alcohol intake over a five-year period have a higher risk of breast cancer and a lower risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) compared with women who exhibit a stable alcohol intake.


Can consuming alcohol lead to the development of a heart condition? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 185 28 Apr 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 link between alcohol consumption and pancreatic cancer - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 184 4 Apr 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.


When research gets it wrong - An unusual analysis of the association of alcohol consumption with mortality - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 183 24 Mar 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.


What association between alcohol consumption and the risk of diabetes mellitus? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 182 8 Mar 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).


What is the association between alcohol intake and total mortality risk among women? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 180 9 Feb 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 affect your quality of life? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 178 12 Jan 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? 


Can alcohol reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 177 21 Dec 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.


Alcohol consumption's link with risk of total mortality - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 176 14 Dec 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.


Alcohol's association with breast cancer - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 175 25 Nov 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.


What effect does wine have on diabetes? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 174 19 Oct 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.


International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 173: Alcohol and the risk of acute myocardial infarction 15 Oct 2015

A recent paper presented prospective data from a large population-based cohort from rural Norway, a region with typically-light alcohol consumption and many abstainers who were not ex-heavy drinkers.


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