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World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide World Health Organization Study Finds Alcohol Responsible for Five Percent of Deaths Worldwide

Alcohol is responsible for over one in 20 of all deaths worldwide, according to the most recent edition of a World Health Organization (WHO) report that comes out every four years.

There's No Such Thing as Safe Alcohol Consumption, Huge New Study Finds There's No Such Thing as Safe Alcohol Consumption, Huge New Study Finds

You don’t have to go far to find people, including doctors and researchers, who will argue that a little bit of alcohol can actually help you live a longer, healthier life. But an enormous new study published Thursday in the Lancet seems poised to rip that idea to shreds. Its findings not only reaffirm that alcohol is…

More Young Adults Are Dying From Alcohol-Caused Liver Disease More Young Adults Are Dying From Alcohol-Caused Liver Disease

Over the past few years, there’s been a steady rise in the rate of Americans who die by suicide and drugs each year. But while much of the attention surrounding these deaths has focused on the opioid crisis, a new study out Wednesday in the BMJ highlights a different aspect of that increase: More people, especially…

NIH Pulls the Plug on Controversial Drinking Study Funded by Big Alcohol NIH Pulls the Plug on Controversial Drinking Study Funded by Big Alcohol

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has abruptly halted its $100 million study meant to examine whether moderate drinking can be good for your heart. The decision, announced Friday, comes in the wake of a report commissioned by the federal agency that reaffirmed allegations first reported by the New York Times…

Anheuser-Busch Pulls Funding From Controversial, Industry-Backed NIH Study on Daily Drinking Anheuser-Busch Pulls Funding From Controversial, Industry-Backed NIH Study on Daily Drinking

The National Institutes of Health has taken a whole lot of heat for allegedly cozying up to Big Alcohol in order to secure funding for a major study on the effects of having a daily drink. On Friday, the NIH lost one of its backers from the booze business, as brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev pulled funding from the…

One Reason Alcohol May Give You Bad Breath  One Reason Alcohol May Give You Bad Breath 

The perils of drinking too much alcohol run deep—even if there’s still an ongoing debate as to how much is too much. A new study published Monday in Microbiome suggests one of those perils is a mouth filled with potentially harmful bacteria.

Booze Not So Great for the Heart After All, Study Says Booze Not So Great for the Heart After All, Study Says

It might take less alcohol than we think to damage the heart and shorten our lifespans, suggests a new study published today in The Lancet*. For many, the threshold might be fewer than one drink a day.

The NIH's Cozy Relationship With Big Alcohol Is Bad for Science The NIH's Cozy Relationship With Big Alcohol Is Bad for Science

The National Institutes of Health is facing more allegations that it’s in Big Alcohol’s corner. Not only has the agency been accused of begging the alcohol industry for money—using a sales pitch that implied their results would likely be favorable to the industry, according to a March report from the New York Times—…

The NIH Is Looking Into Whether Its Officials Begged Big Alcohol to Fund Major Drinking Study The NIH Is Looking Into Whether Its Officials Begged Big Alcohol to Fund Major Drinking Study

Serious ethical questions have loomed over a large, ongoing study overseen by the National Institutes of Health. The research, largely funded by the alcohol industry, intends to find out whether moderate drinking can be good for us. Following revelations that scientists and officials involved with the project reached…

America's Binge-Drinking Problem Is Even Worse Than We Thought America's Binge-Drinking Problem Is Even Worse Than We Thought

Many of us enjoy the odd glass of wine or beer, but every once in a while we like to throw down and get completely wasted. But for many Americans, these binge-drinking sessions aren’t as “every once in a while” as we’d like to believe. New research shows that nearly 20 percent of all US adults participate in…

Hangovers Are Good Hangovers Are Good

A few months ago, I got a package containing four bottles of Never Too Hungover, one of those hangover remedies that you’re supposed to drink the night before, and another you’re supposed to take the next day. I pounded beers as if I were rushing a fraternity with the knowledge that I’d be immune from the physical…

Alcohol Plays a Much Bigger Role in Causing Dementia Than We Thought Alcohol Plays a Much Bigger Role in Causing Dementia Than We Thought

It’s hardly a surprise that too much alcohol is bad for the body, including the brain. But a new study published Tuesday in The Lancet suggests that even doctors are underestimating its impact on our risk of developing dementia.

Why Booze Makes You Mean Why Booze Makes You Mean

Dramatic mood shifts while drinking alcohol are normal, but for some of us, booze takes us down a path toward nasty, belligerent, and downright aggressive behavior. By studying brain scans of drunk men, Australian scientists have pinpointed the parts of our brain that go weak when we drink, making us meaner than…

Experts Are Pushing Hard to Redefine What It Means to Be Legally Drunk Experts Are Pushing Hard to Redefine What It Means to Be Legally Drunk

A panel of the nation’s top public health experts is pushing for a sweeping set of policy changes and laws aimed at accomplishing an audacious goal—an end to deaths caused by drunk driving. But the recommendation touted as having the largest potential impact on deaths might also be the hardest to sell: lowering the…

Why Does Getting Drunk Make You Dizzy? [Corrected] Why Does Getting Drunk Make You Dizzy? [Corrected]

When the year ends, many of us take the time to reflect by getting utterly obliterated. But what’s actually going in your body and brain after two or three or five drinks?

I Tried a $1,200 Cocktail I Tried a $1,200 Cocktail

We humans have shockingly malleable tastes. Studies have shown that we are more likely to prefer something if we think it’s expensive (even if it isn’t). It stands to reason, then, that a cocktail costing $1,210 should be roughly 80 times more delicious to me than any I’ve ever purchased for myself. So, when Trader…

Hand Sanitizer Alters the Results of Breathalyzer Tests in New Experiment Hand Sanitizer Alters the Results of Breathalyzer Tests in New Experiment

If a police officer pulls you over for driving while intoxicated, you could be brought in for a breath alcohol test. If that happens, you’d better hope the test operator doesn’t slather their hands in an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, first.

No, Scientists Did Not Say Light Drinking During Pregnancy Was Okay

“I don’t know” and “yes” are very different things. “I don’t know if my child is allergic to peanuts” does not mean, “yes, I should feed my child peanuts.” “I don’t know if this berry is poisonous” does not mean, “yes, I should eat this berry.” And “I don’t know if light drinking will harm my pregnancy” does not mean,…

Energy Drinks Won’t Make You a Coke Addict: Cocaine Will Make You A Coke Addict

Science doesn’t give answers. Instead, it’s a tool that humans have created to make meaningful conclusions from data. So, if someone tells you that science says energy drinks will turn you into a cocaine user, well, science won’t ever do that.

Popular Hack Used by Whisky Snobs Actually Works, Says Science Popular Hack Used by Whisky Snobs Actually Works, Says Science

There are plenty of people who enjoy the warm sadness cowboy drink known as whiskey. While some might have a John Wayne instinct to drink it neat, the real aficionados know that adding a few drops of water to the drink can improve and expand its flavor profile. Now, in the great whiskey war of whether or not one…

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