Hello and welcome to PREKURE’s weekly snippet of science, where on a weekly basis we share emergent research related to extending the human healthspan.
Research shows that alcohol consumption is one of the leading contributors to the global burden of disease (Astrup & Estruch, 2019). Chronic, excessive drinking is related to several physical and cognitive negative health impacts. These include but are not limited to cardiovascular disease, nutritional deficiency, cancer, and accelerated aging. However, to date, research has focused largely on excessive drinking with little attention paid to the impact of moderate drinking on long-term health.
A recent study examined data from 36,000 individuals and discovered that even moderate drinking (i.e. one drink per day) was associated with real and measurable negative impacts. The researchers found drinking to be associated with reduced brain volume. This study brings to the foreground the real risk between drinking, even at a moderate level, and healthspan.
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PREKURE is all about applying cutting-edge, evidence-based science into practice and we hope that by equipping you with new knowledge on a weekly basis you can incorporate this into your own life and share it with your clients when appropriate. Each week will bring with it new and exciting research, however, if there is something you are itching to know more about please email us and we will keep it on our radar as we curate our weekly snippets.
We will only be sharing open-access, freely available journal articles and blogs with you. However, we wanted to make you aware of the academic workaround for getting your hands on the latest research. When looking for research you might find yourself browsing PUBMED or Google Scholar and happen upon a research article that you want to read, unfortunately, the publishers want you to pay to access it. Oh well, guess you should just keep looking right? Wrong. You can use another website called ResearchGate to access journal articles. Here, researchers create a profile and upload their work. If the PDF you are after isn’t available you can simply click the ‘request PDF’ button and the researcher will email you a copy! As an example, here is our very own Prof Schofield’s ResearchGate profile.