Moderate alcohol consumption and all-cause mortality

Research undertaken by the Mayo Clinic investigates the joint associations of amounts of alcohol consumed and drinking habits with the risks of all-cause mortality and cause-specific mortality.

You can find the report here.

The study, which observed a total of 316,627 participants, found that “healthy drinking habits” (defined as regular drinking and drinking with a meal) were associated with lower risks of all-cause mortality and cause-specific mortality.

Moreover, if you meet these requirements, there can be a protective relationship with your cardiovascular health.

The research findings of regular drinking and drinking with meals being associated with a lower risk of mortality are consistent with previous studies.  The discussion also states, “a body of data have indicated that drinking habits were related to the risk of mortality or diseases including CVD, diabetes, and liver cirrhosis, independent of the amount of alcohol consumed.”


Source: Ma, H., Li, X., Zhou, T., Sun, D., Shai, I., Heianza, Y., Rimm, E. B., Manson, J. E., & Qi, L. (2021). Alcohol Consumption Levels as Compared With Drinking Habits in Predicting All-Cause Mortality and Cause-Specific Mortality in Current Drinkers. Mayo Clinic Proceedings96(7), 1758–1769.

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