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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Internationally recognized guidelines for 'sensible' alcohol consumption: Is exceeding them actually detrimental to health and social circumstances? Evidence from a population-based cohort study
Author(s): Batty, G David
Lewars, Heather
Emslie, Carol
Gale, Catharine R
Hunt, Kate
Keywords: alcohol
alcohol consumption
epidemiology
Issue Date: Sep-2009
Citation: Batty GD, Lewars H, Emslie C, Gale CR & Hunt K (2009) Internationally recognized guidelines for 'sensible' alcohol consumption: Is exceeding them actually detrimental to health and social circumstances? Evidence from a population-based cohort study. Journal of Public Health, 31 (3), pp. 360-365. https://doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdp063
Abstract: Background The health and social impact of drinking in excess of internationally recognized weekly (>21 units in men; >14 units in women) and daily (>4 units in men; >3 units in women) recommendations for 'sensible' alcohol intake are largely unknown. Methods A prospective cohort study of 1551 men and women aged around 55 years in 1988 when typical alcohol consumption was recalled using a 7-day grid. An average of 3.4 years later (1990/92), study participants were re-surveyed (n = 1259; 84.7% of the target population) when they responded to nurse-administered enquiries regarding minor psychiatric morbidity, self-perceived health, hypertension, accidents, overweight/obesity and financial difficulties. Study members were followed up for mortality experience over 18 years. Results In fully adjusted analyses, surpassing guidelines for sensible alcohol intake was associated with an increased risk of hypertension [daily guidelines only: P-value(trend): 0.012], financial problems [weekly guidelines: P-value(difference): 0.046] and, to a lesser degree, accidents [weekly guidelines: P-value(difference): 0.065]. There was no association between either indicator of alcohol intake and mortality risk. Conclusions In the present study, there was some evidence for a detrimental effect on health and social circumstances of exceeding current internationally recognized weekly and daily guidelines for alcohol intake.
DOI Link: 10.1093/pubmed/fdp063
Rights: © The Author 2009, Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Faculty of Public Health. All rights reserved. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

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