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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-18480

Gerlich, M G; Krämer, A; Gmel, Gerhard; Maggiorini, M; Lüscher, T F; Rickli, H; Kleger, G R; Rehm, Jürgen (2009). Patterns of Alcohol Consumption and Acute Myocardial Infarction: A Case-Crossover Analysis. European Addiction Research, 15(3):143-149.

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Background: Alcohol consumption has been causally related to the incidence of coronary heart disease, but the role of alcohol before the event has not been explored in depth. This study tested the hypothesis that heavy drinking (binge drinking) increases the risk of subsequent acute myocardial infarctions (AMI), whereas light to moderate drinking occasions decrease the risk. Methods: Case-crossover design of 250 incident AMI cases in Switzerland, with main hypotheses tested by conditional logistic regression. Results: Alcohol consumption 12 h before the event significantly increased the risk of AMI (OR 3.1; 95% CI 1.4-6.9). Separately, the effects of moderate and binge drinking before the event on AMI were of similar size but did not reach significance. In addition, AMI patients showed more binge drinking than comparable control subjects from the Swiss general population. Conclusions: We found no evidence that alcohol consumption before the event had protective effects on AMI. Instead, alcohol consumption increased the risk.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic and Policlinic for Internal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:22 April 2009
Deposited On:04 May 2009 07:04
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:13
Publisher DOI:10.1159/000213641
PubMed ID:19390198

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