You know when you’ve been drinking and it seems as though everyone gradually speaks louder and louder? I always thought that it is because their inhibitions are floating away with the wind, but
some studies have suggested that perhaps drinking can illicit temporary hearing loss in individuals. In fact, studies have shown that excessive drinking may even be associated with irreversible hearing loss.
A new study in published in the journal Alcohol looked at the effect of alcohol consumption on hearing loss in women, for both total alcohol consumption and individual alcohol types.
Over 65,000 women between the ages of 27 and 44 were included in this study.
Alcohol consumption habits were ascertained using self-reported questionnaires every 4 years between 1991 and 2009. Hearing loss was also determined using self-reported questionnaires.
When you think of the Mediterranean diet and other diets in general, you tend to think of the health impacts on those that eat it. One thing that does not always come to mind is how specific diet choices affect the environment. In this time of climate change, understanding how diet choices impact the environment, and in particular carbon emissions or “carbon footprints”, is just as important as how it affects us as individuals.
A new study in the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
aimed to evaluate the carbon footprints of various diets in the setting of a Spanish hospital, in a preliminary attempt to possibly provide menu change recommendations in other industries.
Diet data was collected from Juan Ramón Jiménez Hospital in Huelva, Spain. In addition to the typical diet found at this hospital (one weeks’ worth in the winter), information on 17 other therapeutic diets published by Benidorm Clinical Hospital was used for this analysis.