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Alcohol consumption and risk of coronary heart disease

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:365

Studies suggest that wine has additional effect to that of ethanol

  1. Morten Gronbaek,
  2. Thorkild I A Sorensen
  1. Senior research fellow Professor Danish Epidemiology Science Centre, Institute of Preventive Medicine, Copenhagen University Hospital, Kommunehospitalet, DK-1399 Copenhagen K, Denmark

    EDITOR,—In their review of the reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease due to moderate alcohol consumption Eric B Rimm and colleagues interpret the available studies as supporting a beneficial effect of alcohol without any additional effect of the specific beverage consumed (beer, wine, or spirits).1 We do not challenge the paradigm that ethanol itself possesses some cardioprotective properties. In the Copenhagen …

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