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If you drink alcohol, here is the time of year when there is a 4-p.m. mental weight. Darkness and ice temperatures may be very likely to send you to search for late martini or evenings.
People living in colder regions in the country and the world eat more alcohol than their warm weather counterparts, according to new research by the University of Pittsburgh Hospital Gastroenterology
The recently published study is "Hepatology," an announcement that is overseen by the American Society for the Study of Junior Diseases, stating that alcohol consumption rises as hours decrease temperatures and sun hours decreased. So there is binge drinking as well as cases of alcoholic liver disease.
"There's something that everyone assumes for decades, but nobody has been scientifically shown," said senior author Dr. Ramon Bataller, Pitt, professor of medicine and principal hepatology at UPMC. "Why do people in Russia drink so much? Why in Wisconsin? Everyone assumes that because it is cold. But we could not find a single paper that connects climate to alcohol or alcoholic cirrhosis."
But now, armed with data from the World Health Organization and the World Meteorological Institute, among others, the Bataller group has found a clear negative correlation between climate conditions, including average temperatures and sunlight hours, and alcohol consumption, measured Total alcohol consumption per head, per cent of the population suffering from alcohol, and the number of causes of binge drinking.
In part, alcohol is a vasodilator that increases the blood flow to the skin, which is full of temperature sensors, which allows drinking to increase feelings of warmth.
"This is the first study that systematically shows that both global and American, in cooler areas with less sun, you have more drinking and more alcoholic cirrhosis," said Bataller.
These trends were confirmed when comparing countries around the world and counties in the United States. So how are Allegheny and Westmoreland counties extending in this study?
"Let's say, I will never be unemployed in this state because of drinking alcohol in this area (area)," said Bataller. "We have many patients, many young patients, younger and younger, with alcoholic cirrhosis, alcoholic hepatitis, have an epidemic in America."
Although the data shows that people turn to alcohol more often in the dark months, this is partly cold in order to facilitate their seasonal depression, Bataller calls it a vicious circle because alcohol itself is depressed.
"In the short term, alcohol makes you feel better and healthy and unfortunately but in the long term it leads to mental disorders and depression so alcohol is not the answer in the long term, "he said. "In the opposite, it can exacerbate mental disorders."
But Bataller believes that the results of the study will eventually help people who experience alcohol misuse.
"Knowing parameters and determinants to predict alcohol misuse are important for health policy," he said. "Knowing that the cooler places with more drinking problems can help the efforts in these areas to determine better policies. If you have a genetic misuse to alcohol misuse, you should avoid colder areas."
Paul Guggenheimer is a Contributor of Contribution Tribune-Review.