Is it a Blackout or Alzheimers? –  

August 10, 2019 – “Binge drinking, even episodically or infrequently, may negatively affect other health conditions by exacerbating disease, interacting with prescribed medications, and complicating disease management,” Han said in a statement.  Interestingly, the most common chronic diseases among the binge drinkers were hypertension, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.  According to the data, binge drinkers were more likely to be male, tobacco users, or cannabis users, and African American, researchers said. As Han noted, they were also more likely to have emergency room visits in the past year. Joseph Palamar, PhD, MPH, the study’s senior author and an associate professor in the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Health, told The New York Timesthat the rise could be in part due to the Baby Boomer generation aging, suggesting they are a cohort that is more likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs than the generation before it.  Anecdotally, journalists have reported swift attitude changes Millennials hold toward alcohol, which health experts have attributed to the wellness movement.  In any case, it is an interesting generational contradiction: older adults are drinking more, and younger ones are drinking less.

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