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The latest critique from the ISFAR considers research into alcohol's relationship with developing gastric cancerWhich alcohol category is better for avoiding stomach cancer? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 221 20 November 2018

There have been conflicting results from studies of the association between alcohol intake and the risk of gastric cancer. Some of the differences among studies have related to mixing subjects from Western countries with those from Asia, where dietary patterns, lifestyle factors, drinking patterns and types of alcohol consumed differ from those among Western populations.


The latest research critique from The ISFAR queries recent research linking alcohol consumption to mortalityWhy there's more to dying than just drinking - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 220 16 October 2018

For reasons unclear, the authors of a recent study into alcohol consumption and mortality combined results from two, very different studies; one from the Veterans’ Health Administration, based on outpatient clinical medical records, and the other from a national survey in the US [The National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)]. Unfortunately, the VA data did not adjust for tobacco use or other important lifestyle habits, and is not useful in judging the effects of alcohol consumption on mortality.


The latest critique from The ISFAR considers research into alcohol consumption around the worldCan alcohol consumption guidelines be drawn up on a global basis? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 219 4 September 2018

Investigators working with data from the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries & Risk Factors Study 2016 have combined data from 195 locations around the world, from 1990 to 2016, for both sexes and for five-year age groups between the ages of 15 years and 95 years and older.


The latest critique from The ISFAR considers research into the effect of alcohol on the probability of developing dementia in later-lifeHow will your alcohol intake affect the likelihood of dementia in later life? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 218 22 August 2018

While there is general agreement that the moderate intake of alcohol is associated with a significantly-lower risk of cardiovascular disease, there is less data on the relation of moderate alcohol consumption to dementia. However, the vast majority of well-done prospective studies indicate that, in comparison with non-drinkers, moderate, non-binge-drinking older adults have lower risk of Alzheimer Disease and other types of dementia.


The latest research to be critiqued by the ISFAR looks at the likelihood of developing cancer, related to the amount of alcohol consumedThe more you drink, the greater your risk of cancer - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 217 11 July 2018

Scientific studies have shown consistently that the consumption of small amounts of alcohol on a regular basis is associated with a lower risk of total mortality, while consumption of large amounts is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers and mortality.


The latest critique from the ISFAR considers research into how consumers in developed markets can best avoid premature death How best to fight the 'diseases of ageing' - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 216 10 July 2018

It has long been known that a number of lifestyle factors – such as not smoking, being physically active, avoiding obesity – decrease the risk of many of the 'diseases of ageing', especially cardiovascular disease and cancer.


The latest ISFAR critique looks at research into alcohol consumption by elderly female smokersFemale? Smoker? What you should know about alcohol consumption - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 215 14 May 2018

While essentially all epidemiologic studies have shown adverse health effects of cigarette smoking and beneficial effects of moderate alcohol consumption, a recent study in this area that followed a cohort of elderly women into very old age proved interesting reading.


The latest critique from the ISFAR considers consumption research that suggests a lowering of the recommended limitShould recommended alcohol consumption limits be reduced? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 214 23 April 2018

Using individual-participant data from a number of large studies, predominantly from the UK and other European countries, the authors of a recent study have estimated the association between the reported level of alcohol intake among drinkers with cardiovascular outcomes and mortality.


The latest research from The ISFAR considered research into alcohol's health effects on older womenWhat effect does alcohol have on middle-aged and elderly women? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 213 28 March 2018

The ISFAR has been studying recently-released research that looks at the effect alcohol has on cardiovascular disease and mortality among a very large number of middle-aged or elderly women.


The ISFAR considers research into the effect on DNA of an alcohol-derived metaboliteCould alcohol be damaging to your DNA? - International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 211 23 January 2018

The latest research to go under The ISFAR's microscope concerns an extensive basic scientific experiment in mice. The authors of the paper describe the features and mutational landscape of DNA damage caused by acetaldehyde, an endogenous and alcohol-derived metabolite.




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