Dr. Licia Iacoviello
Does beer play a solo role in alcohol and health symphony?
The relationship between alcohol consumption and cardiovascular events or all-cause mortality is described as a J-shaped curve attributed to a dose-related combination of beneficial and harmful effects. It remains unclear whether the protective effect is confined to specific beverages or relates to ethanol. In 2002, a meta-analysis conducted on studies, investigating the relation between vascular events and specific alcoholic beverages independently from the amount consumed, showed a protection by wine of 32%, and by beer of 22%. Recently, the possible difference between wine and beer was investigated in relation to the amount of alcohol intake. Dose-response curves were found substantially similar for both alcoholic beverages. We conclude that the amount and the way of drinking (moderately at mealtimes) rather than the beverage type play a major role in cardiovascular prevention. The “beer consumption and total mortality” issue is unresolved at this time, as the few available studies showed conflicting results.
19/12/2012 > Press releaseInsufficient evidence for the beer belly
28/10/2011 > Press releasePress release from the Federation of European Nutrition Societies: Moderate consumption of beer could be beneficial to cardiovascular and bone health
26/10/2011 > NewsShort video of 6th Beer and Health Symposium now available
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