Variant of β-Kloth gene identified in regulating alcohol preference and consumption

Drinking has become a common phenomenon in parties, events and family gatherings. With increased consumption all over the world, people are at the risk of adverse health consequences owing to alcohol’s addictive properties. A group of researchers from King’s College London, Imperial College London and UT Southwestern Medical Center have suggested how the effect of a liver hormone identified as FGF21 along with β-Klotho may control the tendency to drink alcohol by acting directly on a receptor in the brain.
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Moderate alcohol consumption may raise risk of atrial fibrillation

Moderate drinking having health benefits is a myth that has lost its value with current studies indicating that drinking even in moderation can affect the heart in unforeseen ways. This is evident from a research carried out by a group of scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) that reveals how average alcohol consumption may alter the heart’s structure, thus, increasing the potential risk of atrial fibrillation (AF).

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Different facets of excessive alcohol consumption

For most adults, relaxing with a glass of alcohol is a great way to unwind after a stressful day. Many people enjoy drinking occasionally while socializing with family and friends. However, since drinking is so common and widely accepted in society, it is not always simple to define when someone crosses from moderate drinking into the area of problem drinking. Read more

Proposed law to pull down wall meant to check alcohol sale unites Florida retailers

The retailers in Florida, backed strongly by lawmakers, are up in arms against a bill that proposes to repeal an old law that necessitates a wall at a retail outlet to keep the businesses of grocery and alcohol separate. As per the law, which has been in place since 1935, Florida grocery stores are prohibited from selling beer, wine and food along with hard liquor and need to have a dividing wall separating each section. Retail giants, such as Walgreens, Target and Walmart, want the wall be brought down by putting an end to the law. Read more

Celebrating Valentine’s Day the sober way

Valentine’s Day is commemorated as the day dedicated to love. Some spend it with their beloved while a few others prefer to be with their close friends, family or even pets. Occasions such as New Year Eve or Valentine’s Day are invariably associated with alcohol, but this may not necessarily be true. Read more

Higher number of alcohol outlets may lead to more violence, suggests study

A study published by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) in January 2017 has found that the neighborhoods where alcohol is readily available are highly susceptible to violence. The study design was triggered when Governor Tom Wolf signed a new legislation in Pennsylvania, facilitating the sale of beer and wine in grocery stores across the state, allowing liquor stores to remain open on Sundays. Read more

The connected dots: Liver, brain and alcohol

It is said that the atmosphere around one’s self affects the person that they grow up to become. For instance, an adolescent who has a stable environment at home, a good circle of friends, and gets good education is likely to have a stable career and a successful life. Although, it sometimes never turns out that way. In contrast, many children grow up amongst hardships. These include witnessing domestic violence, seeing parents indulge in substance abuse, unemployment, bullying and so on. This too can have an adverse effect in the growing years. Probably that is why the United States has more than a million people who take to alcohol abuse in the initial phases of their lives. Read more

Kentucky counties decide through ballot whether to allow alcohol sale

For several decades, legalization of alcohol has been a debatable subject in several counties of Kentucky, largely a dry state. The supporters of legalization of alcohol believe that liquor sale will provide a major boost to the job sector, tourism, and the overall growth of the county. The opponents, on the other hand, are concerned about a string of problems that might arise following the legalization of alcohol sale such as, binge drinking and intoxication, underage driving, drunk driving, criminal activities, family problems, and the likes. Read more

Understanding the fine line between alcoholism and alcohol abuse

Calling somebody an alcoholic if he or she overindulges in alcohol is quite common. The term “alcoholic” is generally used to refer to anybody dependent and addicted to alcohol. However, in the absence of awareness of the criteria to demarcate people based on the amount of alcohol consumed, people often get confused between alcoholism and alcohol abuse. In fact, most of them are not even aware of the existing difference. Read more

6 tips for alcohol-free New Year’s Eve

Drinking alcohol moderately is not harmful but indulging in excessive quantities every day can cause addiction, leading to severe physical and mental health problems, socio-economic and legal issues. Many people who are addicted to alcohol commit crimes in their drunken state and many die due to alcohol poisoning. According to a recent report by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), every year, approximately 88,000 people, which include nearly 62,000 men and 26,000 women, succumb to alcohol-related causes, thereby making alcohol the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Read more