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 Introducing Teenagers to Alcohol in their Teen Years Can be Risky: Study

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Introducing teenagers to alcohol in their teen years, might not lead them to grow better and healthy habits of drinking. Pixabay

Washington D.C. [USA], July 21, 2017: Introducing teenagers to alcohol in their teen years, might not lead them to grow better and healthy habits of drinking. A recent study has discovered that it could harm them.

Around 2800 teenagers from twelve to seventeen, were surveyed by a research-team of the University of Adelaide. They had to submit a snap of their alcohol intakes and influences.

Lead author Jacqueline Bowden said that intake of alcohol is quite harming and a major issue in Australia, where, most of the time the drinking patterns are set during the adolescence. Alcohol is a severe cause of death in young people while it leads to cancer. That is why it is extremely important to understand the drinking behavior in teens so that it can be delayed or even better, prevented at an early stage, mentioned ANI report.

She further added that parents do not realize how much influence they have on the decisions that their teenage kids make regarding alcohol-intake. The attitude and approach towards drinking plays a pivotal role as it can make children get rid of the habit of drinking or prevent them from getting into that habit, said Bowden.


It was found in the study that most of the teenagers had tried alcohol by the age of sixteen. However, some students reported that they only drank occasionally.

It has also been observed that a mere twenty eight percent of students were aware that there is a link between cancer and alcohol, which is inclusive of age groups. It is noted that teens were less likely to get into the habit of drinking as a consequence of the disapproval of their parents for underage-drinking. It is also observed that kids aged 14 to 17 were unwilling to drink if they had the awareness that alcohol causes cancer.

It has been noted that provocation or approval from friends for drinking, leads one to get into the habit of drinking alcohol. When teens start drinking, the availability of alcohol becomes the regulator for their habit or addiction. In that regard, it is true that teens with handsome pocket money have better access to alcohol.

Chief Executive of Cancer Council SA, Lincoln Size said, “This latest evidence highlights the need to educate young people about the consequences of alcohol consumption and for parents to demonstrate responsible drinking behavior. We need to get the message through that what may be considered harmless fun actually has lifelong consequences.”

Bowden noted that it is necessary for everyone to address the issue of supply of alcohol to teens. “Many parents believe providing their children with alcohol in the safe environment of their home teach them to drink responsibly. However, the weight of evidence suggests that this increases consumption, and is not recommended.”

“Our results also found that those adolescents who thought they could buy alcohol easily were more likely to drink regularly. The issue of availability – including price – and marketing of alcohol in the community is a major hurdle to be overcome,” Bowden was quoted as reporting. Alcohol has become less expensive in the last few decades, which resulted into the rise of places that sell alcohol. Coupled with sponsorship, and advertisement, the message reaches as alcohol is the norm, Bowden added.

It was pointed out by her that parents play a pivotal role in helping kids and shaping their mindsets in developing a healthier approach towards alcohol. Parents have the ability to limit the boundaries of the kids and clear their notions, mentioned ANI report.

Bowden thinks that parents should follow certain rules and regulations, such as the following-

– Discussing the alcohol use and abuse frankly with children, so that they can have a better understanding towards the habit of consumption of alcohol

– Being aware of the damages caused by alcohol in the human body and clarifying that to the kids

– Staying updated about upcoming occasions, like parties and setting limits, boundaries of expectations of behavior for the kids.

– Rethinking about consuming alcohol in front of kids, as it is observed that most of the alcohol is consumed by the adults at the household.

– Organizing alcohol-free events and keeping in check that it stays alcohol-free strictly

– Completely avoiding binge-drinking

– Avoiding buying alcohols for teenagers and giving them drinks at parties

It is often missed out by people that alcohol is the most vehemently consumed recreational-drug in Australia and it affects multiple families. Hence, it is necessary for parents to set examples for their kids to follow the right path; Bowden was quoted as saying.

The result of the study has been published in a journal named ‘BMC Public Health.’

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter @ElaanaC

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Limit Alcohol Intake to cut Risk of Cancer, Say Experts

Drinking alcohol whether, in light, moderate or heavy quantity is linked with increasing the risk of cancer of various types, including those of the breast, colon, esophagus and head and neck

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Drinking behavior can alter risk of developing cancer. Pixabay

New Delhi, November 10, 2017 : Regular consumption of alcohol may significantly increase your risk of developing several cancers, experts have warned.

Drinking alcohol whether, in light, moderate or heavy quantity is linked with increasing the risk of cancer of various types, including those of the breast, colon, esophagus and head and neck, experts from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) said in a statement. Moreover, not only does excessive alcohol consumption cause cancer, it also can delay or negatively impact cancer treatment, the experts noted.

“Even moderate alcohol use can cause cancer. Therefore, limiting alcohol intake is a means to prevent cancer,” said lead author Noelle K. LoConte, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin in the US.

“Just like people wear sunscreen to limit their risk of cancer of the skin, limiting alcohol intake is one more thing people can do to reduce their overall risk of developing cancer.”

Further, while many studies have considered some type of alcohol to be beneficial, experts noted that alcohol in all forms raises the risk of cancer.

“People typically don’t associate drinking beer, wine, and hard liquor with increasing their risk of developing cancer in their lifetimes,” said Bruce Johnson, President at the ASCO.

“However, the link between increased alcohol consumption and cancer has been firmly established and gives the medical community guidance on how to help their patients reduce their risk of cancer,” said Johnson in a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Besides raising awareness on the link between alcohol and cancer, the experts also recommended some measures – such as regulating alcohol outlet density, increasing alcohol taxes and prices, maintaining limits on days and hours of sale, enhancing enforcement of laws prohibiting sales to minors and restricting youth exposure to advertising of alcoholic beverages – to reduce excessive alcohol consumption.  (IANS)


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Study: Drinking and Smoking can cause Problems to the Dental Fillings

Failure of Dental fillings in smokers and alcohol drinkers.

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Smoking causes failure of Dental fillings. Pixabay
  • Indulging in smoking or drinking alcohol may not only damage your teeth but also lead to increased incidences of failure in dental fillings, warned researchers.

The findings, led by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, showed that within two years of the dental procedure, Dental fillings failed more often in patients who drank alcohol, while the overall filling failure rate was higher in men who smoked.

Furthermore, people with a difference in the gene for matrix metalloproteinase (MMP2) — an enzyme found in teeth — were at increased risk of Dental filling failure.

This could be because MMP2 might be able to degrade the bond between the filling and the tooth surface, potentially leading to failure, the researchers said.

The results, published in the journal Frontiers in Medicine, suggest that genetic analysis might help dentists to personalize treatments for their patients, which could lead to improved outcomes.

“A better understanding of individual susceptibility to dental disease and variation in treatment outcomes will allow the dental field to move forward,” said Alexandre Vieira, a researcher from the varsity.

“In the future, genetic information may be used to personalize dental treatments and enhance treatment outcomes,” Vieira added.

For the study, the team from America and Brazil analyzed dental records of 807 patients.
Fillings can fail for a variety of reasons, including re-emergence of the initial tooth decay or the filling becoming detached.

The researchers also examined if newer composite resin Dental fillings are as durable as traditional amalgam fillings, which have been in use for more than 150 years but which contain mercury, a toxic metal.

The researchers found that overall, there were no major differences between patients receiving amalgam or composite Dental fillings in terms of filling failure rates. (IANS)

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Researchers found a new Drug to Reduce Alcohol Addiction in Teenagers

The drug is (+)-Naltrexone can reduce the drinking habit in teenagers.

A new drug can reduce Alcohol addiction in teenagers
A new drug can reduce Alcohol addiction in teenagers. Pixabay
  • Researchers have found a new drug that may eventually help to reduce alcohol addiction in adults who used to binge during their adolescent years.

A new drug found which can reduce Alcohol addiction in teenagers

“During our teen years, the brain is still in a relatively immature state. Binge drinking worsens this situation, as alcohol undermines the normal developmental processes that affect how our brain matures,” said lead author Jon Jacobsen, a Ph.D. student at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

“Therefore, when an adolescent who has been binge drinking becomes an adult, they’re often left with an immature brain, which assists in the development of alcohol dependence,” Jacobsen added.

For the study, published in the Journal Neuropharmacology, researchers observed that adolescent mice involved in binge drinking behavior developed an increased sensitivity to alcohol as adults and engaged in further binge drinking.

The researchers were able to prevent some of these detrimental behaviors observed in adulthood, by giving mice a drug that blocks a specific response from the immune system in the brain.

The drug is (+)-Naltrexone, known to block the immune receptor Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4).

“This drug effectively switched off the impulse in mice to binge drink. The mice were given this drug still sought out alcohol, but their level of drinking was greatly reduced,” says senior author Professor Mark Hutchinson, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics at the University of Adelaide.

“We’re excited by the finding that we can potentially block binge drinking in an adult after they have experienced such behavior during adolescence, by stopping the activation of the brain’s immune system. It’s the first time this has been shown and gives us hope that our work has implications for the eventual treatment of alcohol addiction in adults,” Hutchinson noted.(IANS)