Moderate drinking is healthy – for about 15% of the population

A new study of 618 Swedes with coronary heart disease and a control group of 3,000 healthy subjects assigned them to various categories based on the amount of alcohol they consumed (ethanol intake). Meanwhile, they were tested in order to identify a particular genotype (CETP TaqIB) that previous studies had found to play a role in the health benefits of alcohol consumption.

The results, which have been published in Alcohol, confirm the findings of the earlier studies. Moderate consumption of alcohol helps protect people with the genotype against coronary heart disease.

“In other words, moderate drinking has a protective effect among only 15% of the general population,” says Professor Dag Thelle, Professor Emeritus at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I have suspected this.
    Not the 15% part, but that the studies that said moderating drinking was good for you were likely including a lot of people that were relatively stress free and happy-go-lucky anyway, and were by their personal nature likely to be free of stress.

    • ntt1

      Of course they are stress free.!
      first off they choose their friends very carefully avoiding those that might bark at them about booze consumption,
      then they use the same care in choosing medical help as they would a classic car mechanic.

  • simus1

    It was well known to the medical profession for most of the 20th century that dead alcoholics had some of the healthiest circulation systems extant with minimal damage from cholesterol. Why this should be so and how this fact could be enhanced and the deadly side effects of alcoholism minimized received almost zero research funding.
    The party line was always sharply focused elsewhere.

    • Frau Katze

      Took a while, but now being able to sequence DNA is answering quite a few questions, or at least, shedding light on them.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Elderly alcoholics = plenty
    Elderly smokers = many
    Elderly obese = zero

    Screw it. Better to have the heart explode at 57 than live to be an 87 year old baby who can’t remember his own name filling his diapers in a why-don’t-they-just-die-already institution.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      “Alcohol — the cause of and the solution to all of life’s problems.” – H. Simpson.

  • truthdareisay

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, BLAZING CAT FUR AND TO YOUR FABULOUS WIFE, THE SHAIDLE!! WHAT A POWER COUPLE YOU GUYS MAKE and more power to you in 2015! Happy New Year to all of your readers. May each and everyone of you be blessed with only good things, good thoughts, good food, good health.

  • Surele Surele

    Happy to report that I am definitely in the 15%. Happy New Year, everybody!

  • Minicapt

    “Reality is an illusion fostered by the absence of Alcohol.”


  • tom_billesley

    Where can I get gene therapy to acquire this genotype?