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Alcohol and cardiovascular diseases: a historical overview

Studying its history generally provides insights relevant to current understanding of a subject: the health effects of alcohol consumption is no exception to this rule. Perceiving past errors in the hopes of avoiding their repetition is crucial. Because there are clear disparities in the relationships of alcohol drinking to various cardiovascular conditions, attempts to simplify the subject of alcohol and cardiovascular diseases have delayed understanding this area. Thus, the following are considered separately: cardiomyopathy, arsenic and cobalt beer-drinkers’ disease, cardiovascular beri-beri, systemic hypertension, cardiac arrhythmias, stroke, atherosclerotic coronary heart disease (CHD), total mortality, and definitions of safe drinking limits. The basic disparity underlying all alcohol-health relations is between effects of lighter and heavier drinking.

Authors: Klatsky AL

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2002 May;957:7-15.

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