Alcohol intake and incidence of coronary in Australian aborigines

Burke, V., Lee, A. H., Hunter, E., Spargo, R., Smith, R., Beilin, L. J. and Puddey, I. B. (2007) Alcohol intake and incidence of coronary in Australian aborigines. Alcohol and Alcoholism, 42 1: 49-54. doi:10.1093/alcalc/agl093

Author Burke, V.
Lee, A. H.
Hunter, E.
Spargo, R.
Smith, R.
Beilin, L. J.
Puddey, I. B.
Title Alcohol intake and incidence of coronary in Australian aborigines
Journal name Alcohol and Alcoholism   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0735-0414
Publication date 2007
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/alcalc/agl093
Volume 42
Issue 1
Start page 49
End page 54
Total pages 6
Editor J. D. Chick
P. De Witte
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
321202 Epidemiology
730207 Health related to specific ethnic groups
Abstract Aims: To examine risk for coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in relation to alcohol in a cohort of Australian Aborigines. Methods: In 1988-1989, alcohol intake, drinking pattern, and beverage preference were elicited by interviewer-administered questionnaire in Western Australian Aborigines (258 men and 256 women) and cardiovascular outcomes ascertained through linkage to mortality and hospital admission records to 2002. Results: In proportional hazards models, risk for CHD, relative to lifetime abstainers, was significantly increased in ex-drinkers [Hazard ratio (HR), 2.29; 95% confidence intervals (CI), 1.23-4.27], those drinking 41-60 g/day in men or 21-40 g/day in women (HR 2.80; 95% CI, 1.04-7.53) and those drinking > 150 g/day for men or > 100 g/day for women (HR, 2.25; 95% CI, 1.03-4.90) with a J-shaped relationship. Low-to-moderate drinkers had lower waist girth, exercised more and had a lower prevalence of overweight and smoking than at-risk drinkers. A preference for wine was associated with lower HR (0.28; 95% CI, 0.10-0.95). With CVD, only ex-drinkers showed significantly increased risk (HR, 1.87; 95% CI, 1.20-2.91). Conclusions: More favourable health-related behaviours in low-to-moderate drinkers suggest that lower risk could be mediated by lifestyle, as proposed in other populations.
Keyword Substance Abuse
Drinking Pattern
Kimberley Aborigines
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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