Internationally recognized guidelines for ‘sensible’ alcohol consumption: is exceeding them actually detrimental to health and social circumstances? Evidence from a population-based cohort study

G. David Batty, Heather Lewars, Carol Emslie, Catharine R. Gale, Kate Hunt

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    Abstract

    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. 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)360-365
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Public Health
    Volume31
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

    Keywords

    • public health
    • alcohol
    • heavy drinking

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