Current weekly limits too mean

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6923.270b (Published 22 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:270
  1. J C Duffy
  1. Alcohol Research Group, Department of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh, Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Edinburgh EH10 5HF.

    EDITOR, - John Kemm uses careful selection from the evidence to defend the current recommendations on weekly limits of alcohol consumption.1 Several studies have shown an inverse association rather than a flat curve between the risks of various cardiovascular diseases (morbidity and mortality) and alcohol consumption.2 Whether men who drink about seven units a week have rates of heart disease close to the lowest depends on the studies chosen and the grouping of consumption.

    In the British regional heart study the mortality from cardiovascular disease among moderate consumers (16-42 units a week) was three …

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