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Americans are drinking less alcohol, Framingham study says

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 13 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1271
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Alcohol consumption among participants in the Framingham heart study has steadily decreased over the past 50 years and probably indicates a change in the drinking habits of white non-Hispanic US men and women, according to a study in the American Journal of Medicine (2008; 121:695-701, doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2008.03.013)

    The average amount of alcohol used has decreased, the percentage of people reporting moderate use has steadily increased, and the percentage reporting heavy drinking has decreased. Because moderate drinking may have beneficial effects on cardiovascular disease and other diseases of ageing, the study results are “encouraging,” the authors write.

    The study grouped participants in the original Framingham heart study, begun in 1948, and …

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