Archives for November 18, 2009

BBC News : Alcohol ‘protects men’s hearts’

Lifestyle validation, or confounding variable?

BBC News : Alcohol 'protects men's hearts'

Wine, beer, vodka – the type of drink did not appear to change the results

Drinking alcohol every day cuts the risk of heart disease in men by more than a third, a major study suggests.

The Spanish research involving more than 15,500 men and 26,000 women found large quantities of alcohol could be even more beneficial for men.

Female drinkers did not benefit to the same extent, the study in Heart found.

The researchers from centres across Spain placed the participants into six categories – from never having drunk to drinking more than 90g of alcohol each day. This would be the equivalent of consuming about eight bottles of wine a week, or 28 pints of lager.

How much drinking are we talking about here, really:

For those drinking little – less than a shot of vodka a day for instance – the risk was reduced by 35%. And for those who drank anything from three shots to more than 11 shots each day, the risk worked out an average of 50% less.

Wow. That’s a lot more than a glass of wine with dinner.

The data on this isn’t settled (by a long shot). The biggest thing I get from this is there’s a lot of drinking going on in Spain.