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Welch, Killian A [BMJ] . (2017) Alcohol consumption and brain health. London: BMJ Publishing. BMJ, 357 (j2645)

URL: http://www.bmj.com/content/357/bmj.j2645

Epidemiological studies often report better heath in moderate drinkers compared with abstainers. Observed first in studies of incidence of myocardial infarction,1 the “J shaped curve” (describing the graphical appearance of health measures plotted against consumption) reappears in studies of diabetes, stroke, and even chronic widespread pain.2 As methods of investigating the association between alcohol and health are refined, however, the size of the apparent benefits reduces substantially.3 Studies using “Mendelian randomisation,” purportedly impervious to confounding or reverse causality, do not support the original claim that moderate drinking improves cardiovascular health.4......

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Date:June 2017
Publisher:BMJ Publishing
Place of Publication:London
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
E Concepts in biomedical areas > General life processes (physiology)
G Health and disease > State of health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use

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