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Alcohol risks explained

Published:  23 July, 2008

The effect that alcohol has on the body will be discussed at the AIM (Alcohol in Moderation) 2006 Forum.
The event, to be held on 8 March at the Wine and Spirit Education Trust HQ in London, will feature three speakers and will cover subjects such as the role of genes in drinking behaviour, and cardiovascular advances.

The keynote speaker, R Curtis Ellison, of the Institute on Lifestyle & Health at Boston University School of Medicine, will speak on the advances on alcohol and health in general, and the heart in particular.

The second, Professor Oliver James, of the University of Newcastle, will talk about the role of genes and liver function. The third speaker, to be confirmed, will discuss antioxidants, their bio-availability and their role in disease prevention.

Other topics under the microscope will include why individuals respond to alcohol differently; why 3.6% of UK adults become dependent on alcohol; and how much is due to genetic predisposition.

For more details, e-mail Helena Conibear at