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Meta-analysis challenges benefits of moderate drinking

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7545.811-a (Published 06 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:811
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Imprecision in the classification of “abstainers” invalidates the results of studies showing the benefits of moderate drinking, a meta-analysis says.

    The meta-analysis of 54 published studies from the past 38 years says that classing people who had reduced their drinking or stopped as abstainers invalidates the results of most studies showing the benefits of moderate drinking.

    “Cardiac protection afforded by alcohol may have been overestimated,” reports the study, which was published online ahead of print publication in the May 2006 issue of Addiction Research and Theory (doi: 10.1080/16 983).

    The researchers, from the University of California at San Francisco and the …

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