Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Heart failure ranked 'less important than potholes'
Tues June 28th - Heart failure is deemed less important than potholes in roads and pavements in the UK, according to an analysis published today. More
Cannabis users' increased risk of hospital admission
Tues June 28th - Canadian researchers have called for curbs on the globally rising levels of recreational cannabis because users have an increased risk of needing emergency care and hospital admission for any cause. More
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...

Binge drinking linked to poor diet

Wednesday August 17th, 2011

Binge drinking is associated with eating a poorer diet, according to Spanish doctors.

Dr Jose Lorenzo Valencia-Martin of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and colleagues surveyed 12,037 men and women between 2000 and 2005.

They defined binge drinking as 80 grams of alcohol for men and 60 grams for women during one drinking session. Heavy drinking was above 40 grams of alcohol per day for men and 24 grams for women.

Dr Valencia-Martin said: "Excessive drinkers, either with or without binge drinking, showed a poor adherence to dietary recommendations. Although drinking at mealtimes has traditionally been considered a safe or even a healthy behaviour, our results point to some unintended consequences that the general population should be aware of."

Specifically, he found that not all types of alcoholic beverages were equal with regard to their dietary effects. "Our results suggest that a preference for spirits is associated with a poorer diet," he explained.

Co-author Dr Miguel Martinez-Gonzalez added: "I believe the key finding of this study is the suggestion of a harmful effect of binge drinking on healthy eating habits. Binge drinking prevalence was found to be relatively high - greater than ten per cent.

"This is very bad news. Alcohol misuse has become a priority public-health problem in Spain, especially because of rising rates of binge drinking and especially because of the abandonment of the traditional Mediterranean pattern of moderate alcohol drinking, in little amounts, generally red wine during meals."

Recently, drinking patterns have altered and now include high consumption of spirits at weekends, Dr Martinez-Gonzalez added.

Results are published in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.

Valencia-Martin, J. L. et al. Heavy drinkers have poor dietary habits. Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, August 15 2011.

The Lancet August 16 2011

Tags: Diet & Food | Drug and Alcohol Abuse | Europe

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page