Latest scientific news 03 February 2015

Drinking pattern and chronic kidney disease

Responsible drinking pattern might reduce risk of chronic kidney disease.

A Japanese study examined whether the drinking pattern combined with the weekly frequency of alcohol consumption and the quantity per drinking day is associated with the risk of CKD. 9,112 Japanese non-diabetic men, aged 40 to 55 years, participated and were classified into non-drinkers, 1-3 drinking days/week and 4-7 drinking days/week. The amount consumed per drinking day was 0.1-23.0 g ethanol/drinking day, 23.1-46.0 g ethanol/drinking day, 46.1-69.0 g ethanol/drinking day, and ≥69.1 g ethanol/drinking day. The results showed that Japanese men who consumed a moderate quantity of alcohol, particularly those who drank on 4-7 days/week, had lower risks of CKD than non-drinkers.

Sato KK, Hayashi T, Uehara S, et al. Drinking Pattern and Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease: The Kansai Healthcare Study. Am J Nephrol. 2014 Dec 20;40(6):516-522. [Epub ahead of print]

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