From the January 1981 magazine.

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Threatening Side Effect

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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND--Johns Hopkins University researchers have found that binge drinkers can develop a serious muscle-wasting disease if they forgo food during drinking bouts.

The condition, in which the muscle breaks down and the breakdown products appear in the urine, coloring it brown, is known as rhabdomyolysis. In addition, the enzyme creatinine phosphokinase (CPK) leaks out of heart muscle,...

-- The Journal