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The health effects of moderate alcohol intake in humans: an epidemiologic review.
Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci 2000; 37(3):261-96CR

Abstract

A large body of scientific evidence associates the moderate intake of alcohol with reduced mortality among middle-aged and older people in industrialized societies. This association is due largely to a reduced risk of death from coronary heart disease, which appears to outweigh any possible adverse effects of moderate drinking. The regular consumption of small amounts of alcohol is more healthful than the sporadic consumption of larger amounts. No beneficial effect of moderate drinking on mortality has been demonstrated in young adults (premenopausal women and men who have not reached their forties). It is theoretically possible that moderate drinking in young adulthood might reduce the risk of later heart disease; however, this has not been clearly demonstrated. For some individuals (e.g., those who cannot keep their drinking moderate, pregnant women, and those who are taking medications that may interact adversely with alcoholic beverages), the risks of alcohol consumption, even in moderation, outweigh any potential benefits. Because even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment and coordination, no one should drink alcoholic beverages, even in moderation, before driving a motor vehicle or performing other activities that involve attention and skill.

Authors+Show Affiliations

American Council on Science and Health, New York, NY, USA.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10894186

Citation

Meister, K A., et al. "The Health Effects of Moderate Alcohol Intake in Humans: an Epidemiologic Review." Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, vol. 37, no. 3, 2000, pp. 261-96.
Meister KA, Whelan EM, Kava R. The health effects of moderate alcohol intake in humans: an epidemiologic review. Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci. 2000;37(3):261-96.
Meister, K. A., Whelan, E. M., & Kava, R. (2000). The health effects of moderate alcohol intake in humans: an epidemiologic review. Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 37(3), pp. 261-96.
Meister KA, Whelan EM, Kava R. The Health Effects of Moderate Alcohol Intake in Humans: an Epidemiologic Review. Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci. 2000;37(3):261-96. PubMed PMID: 10894186.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The health effects of moderate alcohol intake in humans: an epidemiologic review. AU - Meister,K A, AU - Whelan,E M, AU - Kava,R, PY - 2000/7/14/pubmed PY - 2000/10/21/medline PY - 2000/7/14/entrez SP - 261 EP - 96 JF - Critical reviews in clinical laboratory sciences JO - Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci VL - 37 IS - 3 N2 - A large body of scientific evidence associates the moderate intake of alcohol with reduced mortality among middle-aged and older people in industrialized societies. This association is due largely to a reduced risk of death from coronary heart disease, which appears to outweigh any possible adverse effects of moderate drinking. The regular consumption of small amounts of alcohol is more healthful than the sporadic consumption of larger amounts. No beneficial effect of moderate drinking on mortality has been demonstrated in young adults (premenopausal women and men who have not reached their forties). It is theoretically possible that moderate drinking in young adulthood might reduce the risk of later heart disease; however, this has not been clearly demonstrated. For some individuals (e.g., those who cannot keep their drinking moderate, pregnant women, and those who are taking medications that may interact adversely with alcoholic beverages), the risks of alcohol consumption, even in moderation, outweigh any potential benefits. Because even small amounts of alcohol can impair judgment and coordination, no one should drink alcoholic beverages, even in moderation, before driving a motor vehicle or performing other activities that involve attention and skill. SN - 1040-8363 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10894186/The_health_effects_of_moderate_alcohol_intake_in_humans:_an_epidemiologic_review_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10408360091174222 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -