Moderate Drinking Reduces Death following Myocardial Infarction

This study examined the relationship between alcohol consumption before and after myocardial infarction (MI), and death from both cardiovascular and all causes among survivors of MI.

While following 51,529 male health professionals over time, a total of 1,818 suffered from non-fatal MI. Long-term average alcohol consumption was calculated from the time period immediately before the MI and updated every four years afterward.

Compared to non-drinkers, those who consumed up to about about 2/3 of a glass of alcohol per day averaged a 22% reduction in all-cause mortality; those who had up to two glasses per day experienced a 34% reduction in risk, and those who drank over two glasses per day had a 13% reduced risk of death from any cause.

For cardiovascular mortality, the corresponding reductions in risk of death were 26%, 42%, and two percent.

The authors conclude that long-term moderate alcohol consumption is inversely associated with both cardiovascular death and death from any cause among men who survived a first myocardial infarction.

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Resources

  • Pai, J.K., et al. Long-term alcohol consumption in relation to all-cause and cardiovascular mortality among survivors of myocardial infarction: the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. European Heart Journal, 2012; doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehs047

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