Alcohol & Cardiovascular Diseases
Does moderate alcohol consumption affect our cardiovascular health? A recent Chinese study tried to answer this question.
The study followed 40,386 Chinese males and their alcohol consumption for close to seven years. During the follow-up, 2,406 incident cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and 3,195 all-cause mortality were identified. The results revealed a linear association of alcohol consumption with the incident CVD. The risks of incident CVD and all-cause mortality were increased by 27% and 20% per standard drink increment of alcohol consumption, respectively. The authors reiterated the potential health benefits of lowering alcohol consumption, even among light-to-moderate male drinkers.
 Hu, Chunyu, Huang, Chunyan, Li, Jianxin, Liu, Fangchao, Huang, Keyong, Liu, Zhongying, Yang, Xueli, Liu, Xiaoqing, Cao, Jie, Chen, Shufeng, Li, Hongfan, Shen, Chong, Yu, Ling, Wu, Xigui, Li, Ying, Hu, Dongsheng, Huang, Jianfeng, Lu, Xiangfeng & Gu, Dongfeng. 2022. Causal associations of alcohol consumption with cardiovascular diseases and all-cause mortality among Chinese. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqac159.