Alcohol

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

What a daily glass of alcohol does to your heart rhythm

For the past decade, there’s been a lot of buzz about how a daily glass of wine promotes good health. But for every study that supports that, there’s another that shows harm. New research sheds light on what happens to your heart when you drink a daily glass of alcohol.

Tracey G. Ingram, AuD

Three key periods in life when alcohol can hasten cognitive decline

The holiday season is buzzing with celebrations, albeit smaller this year, that include plenty of drinks to go around. But it’s no secret that alcohol affects the brain. Though the occasional celebratory drink may be alright, researchers have identified three key times in our lives when alcohol can be especially harmful to our brains. The […]

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Diabetics face serious blood pressure risk if breaking the ‘one drink’ rule

If you’re living with diabetes, you already know how important it is to embrace a healthy lifestyle. From diet and weight loss to exercise, these interventions can help you better manage your glucose levels and prevent complications down the road. Now there’s one more lifestyle factor to pay close attention to if you want to avoid increasing the high blood pressure danger that comes with diabetes.

Jenny Smiechowski

What that daily drink does to your brain’s age

Here’s my motto when it comes to brain aging: the slower, the better. Because, as your brain ages, your memory slips, your cognitive abilities decline, and you lose your independence. Who wants that? So when I found out how much faster even a small sip of alcohol daily makes your brain age, it made me think…

Jenny Smiechowski

Do light drinkers have less cancer than teetotalers?

If you’ve been following the news on alcohol and cancer, you may have given up your nightly cocktail. After all, drinking alcohol is tied to at least seven types of cancer. Why risk it? But the connection between alcohol and cancer isn’t as straightforward as it seems…

Jenny Smiechowski

The drink that ages you 12 years

Most of us have suffered through the mind-numbing headache, stomach-turning nausea and disorienting dizziness of a hangover at least once in our lives. Chalk it up to a learning experience and hopefully it doesn’t happen again, right? Here’s one good reason to never let it happen again…