Navigation Links
Heavy Daily Drinking Linked to Worse Health
Date:3/26/2010

But moderate alcohol use tied to better lifestyle habits, study finds

FRIDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- Heavy drinkers take worse care of themselves than other people, but moderate drinkers actually appear to be healthier than those who don't imbibe, researchers have found.

"The main finding here is that risky drinkers also engage in other behaviors -- such as relieving stress with alcohol and cigarettes, not wearing seatbelts, unhealthy eating and not regularly seeing their doctors -- that put their health at risk," study author Carla Green, a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, said in a news release.

"Physicians should not only be concerned about patients' heavy drinking, but also these other health-related practices," Green added.

The researchers surveyed 7,884 patients in Oregon and Washington between 2002 and 2003, and defined risky drinkers as those who drank an average of three or more drinks a day, women who consumed four or more drinks or men who consumed five or more drinks in one sitting, or those who met other criteria.

"Our study found that men and women who drank the most had less collaborative relationships with their doctors and were more likely to dislike going to the doctor. They were also less confident they could change their own health-related practices and more likely to think health is a matter of good fortune," Green said.

However, the study also linked moderate drinking -- drinking one to three drinks daily -- to better health, even better than abstainers and light drinkers.

"Even after taking these other health-related attitudes and practices into account, there was still a small but independent relationship between moderate drinking and better self-assessed health," Michael Polen, study co-investigator, said in the news release.

"Previous research has linked moderate alcohol drinking with cardiovascular benefits, so that might be the underlying reason moderate drinkers report better health. It's also possible that there are additional factors we didn't measure that account for this positive relationship."

The findings were published in a recent issue of the journal Addiction Research & Theory.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has statistics on alcohol use and health.



-- Randy Dotinga



SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente, news release, March 22, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Launch of New Book, What to Do for Heavy Kids, Coincides with First Lady's Campaign to Fight Childhood Obesity
2. CPSC & Congress Speak Out, Take Action on Heavy Metals in Childrens Jewelry
3. Facing the Holidays with a Heavy Heart: Four Ways to Show You Care During a Darker Christmas Season
4. U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for March 11
5. NxStage Announces New FREEDOM Data Showing the Positive Impact of its Daily Home Hemodialysis Therapy on Sleep Quality and Restless Legs Syndrome
6. Stroke Conference Daily News Summary -- Friday
7. Stroke Conference Daily News Summary -- Thursday
8. Stroke Conference Daily News Summary
9. U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Feb. 15
10. U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Jan. 27
11. China Sky One Medical, Inc. Featured by Science and Technology Daily
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/27/2017)... ... 27, 2017 , ... Sunshine Coast Health Centre (SCHC), one ... at https://www.sunshinecoasthealthcentre.ca/ , is proud to announce the addition of a registered ... Centre's commitment to innovation in drug rehab and alcohol treatment strategies beyond a ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... Italy (PRWEB) , ... February 26, 2017 , ... ... last call for entries to the 7th Edition of International Social Design Awards. ... Social Design Professionals, Product Designers, System Designers, Governments and Institutions worldwide with realized ...
(Date:2/26/2017)... ... February 26, 2017 , ... ... and reporting for healthcare organizations. This comprehensive and customizable solution empowers StaffBridge ... StaffBridge technology improves staffing efficiency, maximizes resource allocation, collects critical reporting data, ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... HealthPostures, expert standing ... benefits and advantages built into the home office sit stand solution are bold ... Ability to gain the benefits embedded in the TaskMate Go are available 24/7 ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Dr. Ronald E. Hawkins, vice president for ... Peter A. Bell, DO, MBA, HPF, FACOEP-dist., FACEP, as the new dean of ... Bell comes to Liberty from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... Ind. , Feb. 24, 2017 Zimmer ... leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, will present at the Cowen ... at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Tuesday, March ... A live webcast of the presentation can be ... archived for replay following the conference via Zimmer Biomet,s ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... and Markets has announced the addition of the "Dry eye Drugs ... ... Drugs Price Analysis and Strategies - 2016, provides drug pricing data and ... following questions: What are the key drugs ... in the Global Dry eye market? What are the ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... HILL, N.C. , Feb. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... are exploring ways to increase their self-service capabilities ... Health Care Providers (HCPs). New research ... many pharma organizations have developed self-service website portals ... electronically.  This is just one of many findings ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: