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Alcohol drinking patterns have different CHD outcomes in men and women

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0-c

The inverse association between drinking alcohol and risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) seems to be independent of drinking frequency in women but not in men. Tolstrup and colleagues (p 1244) looked at alcohol drinking patterns in a cohort of more than 50 000 middle aged women and men free of cardiovascular disease at baseline. After a median follow-up of six years, women who drank alcohol on at least one day a week had a reduced risk of CHD compared with those who drank less often, but above this frequency intake mattered more than frequency. Among men, frequency mattered more than intake, with the lowest risk in those who drank daily.

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