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Intake of alcoholic beverages and mortality in older men and women

03/06/2010

A prospective study was carried out to examine whether the consumption of alcoholic beverages influences the mortality of men and women over the age of 65 years.

A prospective study was carried out to examine whether the consumption of alcoholic beverages influences the mortality of men and women over the age of 65 years. 11,727 men (aged 65-79 years at baseline) and 12,432 women (aged 70-75 years) were followed up for 10 years and the frequency of intake and quantity of alcoholic beverages consumed per day were assessed.
The results showed that compared to older adults who did not consume alcoholic beverages every week, the risk of all-cause mortality was reduced in men reporting up to four standard drinks per day. In women, the risk was reduced if they consumed one or two drinks per day. One or two alcohol-free days per week lowered the risk in men even further, but not in women. Similar results were observed for deaths due to cardiovascular disease.

McCaul KA, Almeida OP, Hankey GJ, Jamrozik K, Byles JE, Flicker L. Alcohol use and mortality in older
men and women. Addiction 2010 [epub ahead of print].

 

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