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Alcohol and coronary heart disease risks differ between men women

Population-based research in Denmark carried out from 1993–2002 suggests that the frequency of alcohol intake may determine lower coronary heart disease risk in men, while in women the overall alcohol intake had the greatest significance in lowering risk, reports a study in the BMJ.

The 25,052 men and 28,448 women studied were aged 50–65 and were free from cardiovascular disease on entry.

Researchers found that men who drank every day had the lowest risk from coronary heart disease compared with men who drank less than one day a week.

The lowest risk from coronary heart disease in women occurred with women who drank alcohol on at least one day a week compared with those who drank alcohol on less than one day a week. The results also showed little difference in risk for women between the frequency of drinking. The hazard ratios were for one day a week (0.64), two to four days a week (0.63), five or six days a week (0.79) and seven days a week (0.65).

Reference

Tolstrup J, Jensen M et al. Prospective study

of alcohol drinking patterns and coronary

heart disease in women and men.

BMJ 2006;332:1244–8

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