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Heavy drinking increases risk of irreversible eye disorder.

October 31, 2002.

Workplace Substance Abuse Advisor.

A study from researchers at the University of Wisconsin suggests that heavy drinkers are more at risk than nondrinkers for age-related maculopathy, the leading cause of blindness in the world.

The study appears in the Oct. 1 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The researchers looked at more than 3,600 adults aged 43 to 86 to determine whether there was an association between ARM and certain behaviors.

What they found was that study participants who consumed four alcoholic drinks a day were six times more likely to develop the syndrome, which causes irreversible deterioration of the retina.

In light of this finding, the researchers suggest that physicians be more proactive about advising their patients not to drink heavily.

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