Latest scientific news 27 April 2017

Decreased risk of gallstone disease with moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages

This meta-analysis suggests that moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages is associated with a significantly decreased risk of gallstone disease.

Chinese epidemiologists carried out a meta-analysis to quantitatively summarize the evidence from observational studies on alcohol consumption and the risk of gallstone disease. The results showed that the highest versus the lowest category of alcohol intake was associated with a statistically significant 38 % lower risk of gallstone disease. There was no difference between men and women, both had a statistically significant lower of risk of gallstone disease. A linear dose-response relationship was found and the risk of gallstone disease decreased by 12% for each 10 g/day increment in alcohol intake.

Wang J, Duan X, Li B, Jiang X. Alcohol consumption and risk of gallstone disease: a meta-analysis. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017;29:e19-e28.

For more information about this article, read the scientific abstract here.