Say No to a Nightcap: It’s Bad for Your Sleep

A nightcap before bed may help you fall asleep more quickly, but it can also disrupt your sleep later in the night and worsen snoring, new research finds. Sleep researchers analyzed 20 previously published studies on the effects of alcohol on sleep. The studies included more than 500 healthy people who drank low, moderate or high amounts of alcohol before undergoing testing as they slumbered in a sleep lab, reported NBC News. What the researchers found was that drinking alcohol …

Hangover Helper: 6 Ways to Ease the Pain

The pounding headache, the churning stomach, the remorse for having had one too many – just in time for New Year’s Eve tonight, we have six ways to relieve or even prevent the effects of a hangover tomorrow morning. Oh wait, we forgot the seventh: Don’t overdo it in the first place. Don’t smoke. Smoking while you drink may increase the risk of a hangover the next morning, according to a study in the January 2013 issue of the Journal …

Boomer Boozing Costs UK 10 Times More Than In Younger Set

A new report from the UK finds that when it comes to treating alcohol-related ailments, middle-aged patients cost England’s National Health Service 10 times more than younger adults.

Marriage Makes Women Drink More, Men Less

Marriage seems to have a sobering effect on men, but it’s the opposite with women – they drink more, new research shows. Researchers with the University of Cincinnati report that married women drink more than long-term divorced or recently widowed women. Married men, however, drink less than divorced men. The findings, say some sociological experts, could indicate the stresses in long-term marriages – not surprising, considering the spike in the divorce rate among those over age 50. Lead researcher Corinne …

Drink A Day May Help Heart Attack Survivors

Moderate alcohol consumption — a glass of wine or a cocktail a day — has been shown to help prevent heart disease, but a new study suggests that it might even be good for men who have had a heart attack. Harvard researchers who tracked 1,818 male heart attack survivors for up to 20 years found that those who drank moderately were 42 percent less likely to die from heart disease and 34 percent less likely to die from any …

Wine. Beer. Spirits. Yeah!

Booze. One of humanity’s earliest culinary inventions and possibly one of the things that started agricultural civilization in the first place, alcohol has been with us for a long time. But we are still learning much about how it affects the body and about our consumption habits. In other words, there’s good points and there’s bad points. A recent study suggests that moderate and constant consumption (two beers a day) gave men a 42% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease. The …