Drinking Alcohol and Greater Longevity

In this prospective, observational study of 149,729 Norwegians, alcohol consumption was associated with a large reduction in the risk of death from coronary artery disease.

The adults, who were participants in the Cohort of Norway (CONHOR) study, were recruited between 1994 and 2003 and followed by reference to the Cause of Death Registry until 2006.

Men who consumed at least two or more alcoholic drinks per week experienced a 48% reduced risk of death from coronary artery disease compared to those who never or rarely drank alcohol. Among women, there was a 38% reduction in the risk of such death.

Research around the world has found drinking alcohol in moderation to be associated with greater longevity.

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  • Magnus, P., et al. Controlling for high-density lipoprotein cholesterol does not affect the magnitude of the relationship between alcohol and coronary heart disease. Circulation, 2011, 124: DOI: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.111.036491

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