Alcohol health claims questioned

June 2005
Pharmaceutical Representative;Jun2005, Vol. 35 Issue 6, p17
The article reports that researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have cast doubt on studies suggesting that moderate alcohol consumption can confer health benefits. Their report, published in the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine," evaluated cardiovascular risk factors and other possible confounding factors in nondrinkers versus moderate drinkers that might create or exaggerate the appearance of a protective benefit. Based on data from a population-based telephone survey conducted in 2003, the researchers found that nondrinkers tended to have more demographic, social, behavioral and health-related characteristics that would predispose them to cardiovascular disease; of 30 factors studied that were associated with cardiovascular disease, 27 were significantly more common in nondrinkers.


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