A study of more than 40,000 people by the Cancer Research Center in Honolulu has found that "persons with moderate alcohol intake appear to have a lower risk of dying than nondrinkers."

The protective effect of alcohol is especially high among caucasian men, with lower levels of health protection for women and Asian men.

After adjustment for other factors, men overall who consumed from one to 28 drinks per week had a reduced risk for all-cause mortality of 14 to 22 percent. For women overall, all-cause mortality rates after adjustment were reduced by 18 percent for those who consumed one to seven drinks per week.


  • Maskarinec, G., et al. Alcohol intake, body weight, and mortality in a multiethnic prospective cohort. Epidemiology, 1998, 9(6), 654-661.

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