Fathers-to-be should avoid alcohol six months before conception

Aspiring parents should both avoid drinking alcohol prior to conception to protect against congenital heart defects, according to research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)

Fathers-to-be should avoid alcohol six months before conceptionDrinking alcohol three months before pregnancy or during the first trimester was associated with a 44% raised risk of congenital heart disease for fathers and 16% for mothers, compared to not drinking. Binge drinking, defined as five or more drinks per sitting, was related to a 52% higher likelihood of these birth defects for men […]

One in 10 older adults binge drinks, reveals study

A new study looked at the prevalence of heavy drinking among adults 65 and older, who are especially vulnerable to its effects

One in 10 older adults binge drinks, reveals studyExcessive alcohol consumption is not safe for a person at any age, but it is particularly dangerous for older adults. And according to a study published this week, about one in 10 older adults is considered a binge drinker. “Binge drinking, even episodically or infrequently, may negatively affect other health conditions by exacerbating disease, interacting […]

Know about the dreaded ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’ and how to handle it

Too much alcohol, salt, and caffeine may lead to a temporary irregular heartbeat, in an otherwise healthy individual. This is called Holiday Heart Syndrome (HHS) and the person goes into an irregular heart rhythm called ‘atrial fibrillation’

Know about the dreaded ‘Holiday Heart Syndrome’ and how to handle itThe top portion of the heart doesn’t beat in conjunction with the bottom portion of the heart; and the heart beats irregularly. For some people, the condition is temporary, but others might need to be electrically or with medicine converted back to a normal heart rhythm. In either case, it is important to be able […]

Follow these 5 simple habits which can help increase your life expectancy

Want to prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade? A new study suggests that you can do just that by following these five healthy habits: never smoke, maintain a healthy body-mass index, keep up moderate to vigorous exercise, don't drink too much alcohol, and eat a healthy diet

Follow these 5 simple habits which can help increase your life expectancyAt an average of 79.3 years, Americans have a shorter life expectancy when compared to other high-income nations. But new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston has outlined healthy lifestyle factors that may be able to increase this figure. Adhering to those five lifestyle factors at age 50, compared […]

Alcohol addiction: Warning signs to look out for

Social drinkers are those individuals who drink in low-risk patterns. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), ‘low-risk’ drinking for females consists of no more than 7 drinks per week and no more than 3 drinks per sitting. For males, it consists of no more than 14 drinks per week and no more than 4 drinks per day

Alcohol addiction: Warning signs to look out forHere are certain warning signs of problem drinking or alcoholism which needs treatment: An inability to control alcohol intake after starting to drink Obsessing about alcohol (i.e., when is next time the person can drink, how they are going to get alcohol, who they’re going to go out drinking with) Behaving in ways, while drunk, […]

Binging on alcohol harmful can upset heart’s rhythm, say researchers

In a field experiment conducted in Germany with 3,000 adults at Munich's famous annual Oktoberfest, the researchers found that the odds of heart arrhythmia increased along with rise in beer consumption

Binging on alcohol harmful can upset heart’s rhythm, say researchersResearchers have a new warning for alcoholics. They have found that drinking lot of alcohol in short time has the potential to upset your heart rhythm. In a field experiment conducted in Germany with 3,000 adults at Munich’s famous annual Oktoberfest, the researchers found that the odds of heart arrhythmia increased along with rise in […]

Ill-effects of alcohol nobody will tell you about

Questions on how alcohol leads to drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and infamous decisions, answered here

Ill-effects of alcohol nobody will tell you aboutThe end of a long year is quickly approaching, as many of us will grab our Champagne glasses and toast the New Year. Alcohol tends to be a part of celebrations for major life-cycle events, and inevitably the holidays, leading some of us to drink more than others. So, how does alcohol lead to drunkenness, […]