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Regular alcohol consumption increases the risk of developing threadworm infections, according to new research conducted by Parasitic Disease Research Centre at Suranaree University of Technology in Bangkok. The university recommends alcohol drinkers to test themselves for threadworms at least once or twice a year to prevent severe infections. Threadworms – Strongyloides stercoralis – are tiny parasitic worms that infect the large intestine in humans. Threadworms, or pinworms, are common all over the world, especially in tropical areas. Regular alcohol drinkers are 5 times more likely to develop threadworm infections than non-drinkers, according to the study. Alcohol consumption was found to […]

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Hmm, Thai science inferring causation from correlation....

Another possible explanation could be: people who drink a lot of alcohol have less diligent ablution practises when they're drunk, leading to easier transmission of threadworms or are less picky about where they buy their food when drunk. 

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