binge drinking

Atrial fibrillation: Daily alcoholic drink riskier than binge drinking

A new study suggests that drinking small amounts of alcohol frequently rather than having infrequent bouts of binge drinking is more likely to increase the risk of developing atrial fibrillation (A-fib), a condition in which the heart beats irregularly. “Recommendations about alcohol consumption have focused on reducing the absolute amount…

How to Reduce Binge Drinking: Strategies for Big Parties or a Night In

The phrase “binge drinking” may conjure up images of college students chugging out of red plastic cups filled to the brim with beer or spring breakers downing round after round of tequila shots. While binge drinking is indeed most common among younger adults, they are hardly alone in their excessive…

Binge drinking affects 1 in 10 older adults in the US

Binge drinking affects more than one-tenth of older adults in the United States, according to new research. Binge drinking can be harmful for older people because it increases the risk of injuries and falls and the chances of developing chronic health problems. The new Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study analyzed…

Binge drinking in adolescence may increase risk for anxiety later in life

A growing body of evidence supports the idea that alcohol exposure early in life has lasting effects on the brain and increases the risk of psychological problems in adulthood. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have found that adolescent binge drinking, even if discontinued, increases the risk…

Binge drinking affects male and female brains differently

Gene expression in an area of the brain linked to addiction is affected differently by repeated binge drinking in males and females, finds a new study published today in Frontiers in Genetics. It reveals for the first time that genes associated with hormone signaling and immune function are affected by repeated…