People who abstain, rarely drink, or drink heavily are at much higher risk of developing asthma. That’s in comparison to those who drink in moderation. Those are the findings of a large study in Denmark. In short, it found that the risk of developing asthma is reduced by drinking alcohol in moderation.
Researchers surveyed almost 20,000 asthma-free healthy Danes once and then again eight years later. They first compared moderate drinkers to abstainers and infrequent drinkers. The abstainers and infrequent drinkers had a 46% greater risk of developing asthma.
They then compared moderate to heavy drinkers. The latter had a 26% greater risk compared to moderate drinkers. In calculating risks, the researchers controlled or adjusted for age, sex, smoking, body mass index, and level of education.
Thus, there was a U-shaped curve. Abstainers and infrequent drinkers had a high risk. Moderate drinkers had a low risk. And heavy drinkers had a high risk. A similar U-shaped curve has also been found for the relationship between alcohol consumption and the development of other diseases. They include cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, ED, kidney cancer, Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer, and many other diseases. For more, visit Alcohol and Health.
Asthma can restrict activities and an asthma attack can cause death. It’s a chronic or long-term illness. There is no cure for the disease. Nor is it clear why some people develop it.
Resources: Risk of Asthma Reduced by Drinking Alcohol in Moderation
- Drinking Alcohol May Protect Lungs and Improve Lung Function
- Drinking Alcohol and Health
- What is Moderate Drinking or Alcohol Consumption?
- Benefits of Moderate Drinking Result from Alcohol Itself.
- How Much Alcohol Should I Drink for Health & Long Life?
- Handbook for Responsible Alcohol Consumption.
- Drinking Guidelines.
- Are Moderate Drinking Findings True or Bought by Industry?
Books & Videos
Infobase. What Is Asthma? NY: Infobase, 2018 (eVideo).
Mahmoudi, M. Allergy and Asthma made Ridiculously Simple. Miami: MedMaster, 2017
Millner-Fenwick, Inc. Asthma Self-management. Hunt Valley, MD: Millner-Fenwick, 2016 (DVD video).
Orzel, V. One Breath: a Personal Journey with Asthma. NY: FHS, 2011 (DVD video).
Lieberoth, S. Euro Respir Soc (ERS) 2011 Ann Congress: Ab 319. Presented Sept 25, 2011.
McCall, B. Moderate Alcohol Consumption Protective Against Asthma, Medscape Med News, Nov. 5, 2011.
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