It's no secret that having a glass of wine with dinner increases the amount of calories you consume, but you might be surprised to learn of another way alcohol can wreak havoc on your diet.

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine conducted a small study on women by using MRI scans to determine what effect alcohol had on the brain.

They found that alcohol made the hypothalamus fixate more on food aromas. Two-thirds of the women in the group had a larger lunch after having the alcohol.

Experts said they do not discourage the benefits of some drinks such as red wine, but want to inform consumers that drinking alcohol before a meal could encourage absent-minded eating.

A recent study suggests that alcohol consumption is on the rise among people ages 50 and older.

Researchers in England surveyed more than 9,000 people and found that those considered at a higher risk for harmful drinking enjoy abundant lifestyles and are considered to be in good health.

Experts said this could be a hidden health and social problem among people of this age group. 

Some high school and middle school athletic coaches may lack the skills necessary to handle concussions.

Coach surveys showed many had a good understanding of the signs and symptoms of a concussion, but had trouble with guidelines on how to manage the head injury.

The new research was presented recently at a meeting of the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

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