Latest scientific news 03 July 2017

Moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages combined with a responsible drinking pattern can lower risk of coronary heart disease

This prospective study showed a lower risk of coronary heart disease among Chinese adults who consumed alcoholic beverages moderately up to 5 days per week.

To investigate whether drinking patterns have an effect on coronary heart disease (CHD), Chinese researchers followed 8,469 Chinese men aged 45-81 years, who were free of CHD, stroke, or cancer at baseline for 4.4 years. After adjusting for possible confounding factors, the results showed that consuming 20-40 g of ethanol per drinking occasion was associated with a 24% lower risk of CHD compared to non-drinkers. Drinking less than 20 g or consuming more than 40 g of alcohol, however, showed no statistically significant association. When expressed as total alcohol consumption per day, the lowest risk reduction was observed in participants who consumed more than 30 g per day.

The scientists concluded that moderate drinking of alcoholic beverages per drinking occasion on up to five days a week could be considered a healthy drinking pattern, which could reduce the risk of CHD among middle-aged and older men.

Zhang Y, Yu Y, Yuan Y, et al.  Association of drinking pattern with risk of coronary heart disease incidence in the middle-aged and older Chinese men: Results from the Dongfeng-Tongji cohort. PLoS One. 2017 May 25;12(5):e0178070. 

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