In spite of numerous studies suggesting that light alcohol intake may induce some beneficial effects for cardiovascular health, new research published in JAMA indicates the contrary.
According to a team of American researchers, all levels of alcohol consumption may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.
As part of a cohort involving more than 300,000 people from the UK Biobank, data analysis was conducted between 2019 and early-2022.
“This cohort study used the UK Biobank (2006-2010, follow-up until 2016) to examine confounding in epidemiologic associations between alcohol intake and cardiovascular diseases,” the study states.
“In this cohort study, coincident, favorable lifestyle factors attenuated the observational benefits of modest alcohol intake.”
“Genetic epidemiology suggested that alcohol consumption of all amounts was associated with increased cardiovascular risk, but marked risk differences exist across levels of intake, including those accepted by current national guidelines,” the study determined.