Drinking Alcohol in Moderation Reduces Mortality among Diabetic Men

A population-based study of more than 4,000 diabetic and non-diabetic Japanese men over a 19-year follow-up period compared the effects of drinking alcohol on both cardiovascular and all-cause mortality .

Consistent with studies of Caucasians, moderate drinking was associated with lower cardiovascular and all-cause mortality among diabetic, non-diabetic and impaired glucose tolerant Japanese men.

The study was also consistent with many other studies that have found the decrease in cardiovascular and all-cause death rates associated with moderate alcohol consumption to be even larger among diabetics than non-diabetics.

The moderate consumption of alcohol (beer, wine and liquor or distilled spirits) is also associated with better health and greater longevity than either abstaining or abusing alcohol. Standard drinks of beer, wine and distilled spirits contain an equivalent amount of alcohol and are equally beneficial to health. A standard drink refers to:

  • a 12-ounce bottle or can of regular beer
  • a five-ounce glass of dinner wine
  • a shot of liquor or spirits (either straight or in a mixed drink)

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Note: This website does not provide medical or other advice about drinking alcohol and/or diabetes and none should be inferred.


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Readings on Drinking Alcohol and Diabetes:

  • (listing does not imply endorsement)
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  • Wheeler, M., et al. Is there a place for alcohol in your diabetes meal plan? Diabetes Forecast, 2003 (August).

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