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New Study: PHI’s Alcohol Research Group Finds Association Between Alcohol Use and Ischemic Heart Disease Mortality Differs by Socioeconomic Status

A study conducted by PHI’s Alcohol Research Group suggests there is an association between alcohol use and ischemic heart disease mortality that differs by socioeconomic status.

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“People who consume no more than 20 g of alcohol per day—the equivalent of around 1.5 standard drinks—are less likely to die from ischemic heart disease (IHD) than those who abstain over a lifetime, but only if they have high socioeconomic status (SES).

Researchers say their results, based on self-reported data from more than half a million US adults over a two-decade period, suggest that drinking alcohol may be “less safe or not safe” for individuals with lower education, which they used as a proxy for SES.

“Alcohol use has long been identified as an important health behavior that contributes to socioeconomic inequalities in mortality,” they point out in their paper, published earlier this week in JAMA Network Open.

Health problems due to drinking, like liver cirrhosis and alcohol-attributable mortality, are more common in people with low versus high SES.

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It is well known that there’s this alcohol paradox that says people with low SES experience more alcohol-related health conditions, even though they drink less than people with high SES. Yachen Zhu, PhD

Lead Author and Biostatistician, PHI’s Alcohol Research Group

For more information, read the full study. To read the full news article, click on the link below.

Originally published by TCTMD

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