People are talking about: The health buzz on drinking and smoking

Published on Saturday, 18 January 2014 17:11 - Written by From Staff Reports

Studies shows how heavy drinking could lead to an early death. In a study published in the journal Addiction, researchers found that 80,000 people die from drinking alcohol each year. They studied death certificates of people in 16 north and Latin American countries over two years. The most common cause of death is liver disease, while heart disease, stroke, epilepsy, falls and suicide also contribute to alcohol-related deaths. El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua had the highest alcohol consumption, according to the report.

Researchers also noted that 84 percent of the alcohol-related deaths occurred in men. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heavy drinking is more than one drink per day for women and more than two drinks for men.

In another study published last week in Neurology, researchers found that two and one-half drinks each day speeds up memory loss in middle-aged men. See the studies here: tinyurl.com/pxreusg and here: tinyurl.com/phgsbfs. 

New surgeon general’s report links smoking to type 2 diabetes and new types of cancer. A new report released by the acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak reveals for the first time that smokers have a 30 percent to 40 percent higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes than nonsmokers. The report also detailed other diseases linked to smoking, including erectile dysfunction, rheumatoid arthritis, macular degeneration and ectopic pregnancy. Exposure to smoke and secondhand smoke also increase risk of stroke by 20 percent, the report noted. With liver and colorectal cancers added, there are now 13 cancers linked to smoking and secondhand smoke, according to the report. View the report here:http://1.usa.gov/1fDFDDs .