Critiques from the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

By: International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research

Critiques from the 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 136: Alcohol’s Effects on Cardiovascular Risk among Subjects with Diabetes Mellitus

19 March 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 March 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 February 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 January 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 December 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 November 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 November 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 November 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 October 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 September 2013

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

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 123: Alcohol Consumption and Lymphoid and Myeloid Neoplasms

5 September 2013

Many prospective studies have shown that moderate drinkers are at lower risk of certain types of lymphoid cancer.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 122: Does Moderate Wine Consumption Lower the Risk of Developing Depression?

4 September 2013

There is a large amount of literature linking heavy alcohol consumption to depression: Most studies show that heavy drinkers tend to be depressed, and that depressed people may self-medicate with large amounts of alcohol.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 121: Differences Between Wine and Other Alcoholic Beverages in terms of Adverse Consequences of Alcohol Consumption

27 August 2013

Questionnaire-based data on alcohol consumption were collected from more than 5,000 military recruits in Switzerland, who had a mean age of just over 19 years.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 120: Binge Drinking Impairs Endothelial Function in Young People

20 August 2013

The function of the vascular endothelium is a key process in the development of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease, and extensive studies among middle-aged and elderly adults generally show beneficial effects of moderate drinking on vascular function.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 119: A Consensus Statement on the Association of Moderate Alcohol Consumption and Health

13 August 2013

A group of Italian scientists has prepared a consensus paper to review the available evidence on the association between moderate alcohol use and health and disease.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 118: Alcohol Consumption and Socioeconomic and Biologic Risk Factors for Cancer

30 July 2013

It has been shown in most studies that moderate drinkers - especially those who generally consume wine - tend to have other 'moderate' lifestyle factors. For example, they tend to be better educated, of higher socio-economic status, and generally are more active and eat a healthier diet than non-drinkers.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 117: Alcohol Intake Changes and the Effect on Fibrinogen

22 July 2013

A prospective analysis of data from 2,520 subjects in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults Study (CARDIA) cohort-related reported alcohol intake at two examinations, 13 years apart, to levels of fibrinogen on the two occasions.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 116: Effects of Genetic Factors on the Metabolism of Alcohol

10 July 2013

A recent paper by Israel Y et, published in Front Behav Neurosci, presents an excellent summary of the effects of genetically-determined enzymes that affect the metabolism of alcohol; such factors relate strongly to both the rewarding and the aversive effects of alcohol.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 115: Potential Association of Alcohol Consumption with Diverticulosis

26 June 2013

The etiology of diverticulosis of the colon is poorly understood. Many, but not all, studies suggest that low-fibre intake and obesity increase the risk; few studies have evaluated the relation of alcohol consumption and diverticulosis, with inconclusive results.

International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Critique 113: Metabolic and Biochemical Mechanisms by which Alcohol Consumption affects Health

18 June 2013

A large study from Australia, which included a high percentage of current or former alcohol abusers, related alcohol consumption with a variety of metabolic and biologic parameters that relate to health. Included were markers of lipid function, inflammation, glucose metabolism, and liver function.

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