Authors' reply

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7053.366 (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:366
  1. H O Hein,
  2. P Suadicani,
  3. F Gyntelberg
  1. Associate professor Senior researcher Professor Copenhagen Male Study, Epidemiological Research Unit, 7122 Rigshospitalet, DK-2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark

    EDITOR,—The proposal that alcohol has a protective effect on the risk of ischaemic heart disease no longer has the charm of novelty. Frontline research should now attempt to identify those people who benefit from drinking alcohol and those who do not.

    We investigated the interplay between alcohol consumption, serum low density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration, and risk of ischaemic heart disease. The strength of the association between alcohol and risk was highly dependent on the low density lipoprotein cholesterol concentration: the higher the concentration …

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