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Mortality and alcohol consumption

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 18 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:470
  1. Richard Doll,
  2. Richard Peto
  1. Emeritus professor of medicine Professor of medical statistics and epidemiology ICRF Cancer Studies Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE

    EDITOR,—In our prospective study of mortality in relation to use of alcohol 12000 British male doctors who had been born in 1900-30 were asked in 1978 what they then drank, and over the next 13 years one third of them died of various causes.1 After standardisation for age and smoking the mortality from ischaemic heart disease was about one third lower among those who had said that they usually …

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