This Week In The Bmj

Beer drinking protects against heart disease

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 20 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:e

Controversy continues over whether the protective effect of moderate alcohol consumption in coronary heart disease is confined to specific types of drinks, particularly wine, or relates to ethanol itself. Bobak et al used a case-control study among Czech men aged 25–64 who had had an infarction (and controls from the same population) to analyse the data from men who never drank or drank only beer (p 1378). The lowest risk of infarction was found among daily drinkers and those who drank 4–9 litres of beer a week. The authors conclude that it is ethanol that is protective.