Drinking Alcohol and Risk of Cardiovascular Death
A study analyzing alcohol consumption and the risk of cardiovascular disease prospectively in large representative samples of the U.S. population found that light and moderate drinking greatly reduced the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.
The investigators analyzed nine surveys conducted between 1987 and 2000 by the National Health Interview Survey, an annual survey of U.S. adults. They found that light and moderate drinkers had significantly lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease than did alcohol abstainers (including lifetime abstainers) and heavy drinkers. The risk was reduced about 40% among moderate drinkers and almost as much among light drinkers. The pattern of reduction was similar among both sexes and among different age categories.
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