Report
Analyzed: Alcohol’s Links To Cancer, Cardioprotection

Author
Tim Stockwell, Jinhui Zhao
Citation
Stockwell, T., and Zhao, J. (2016) Alcohol's contribution to cancer is underestimated for exactly the same reason that its contribution to cardioprotection is overestimated. Addiction, doi: 10.1111/add.13627.
  • Source
    Addiction
  • Release date
    27/11/2016

Alcohol’s contribution to cancer is underestimated for exactly the same reason that its contribution to cardioprotection is overestimated

Commentary in response to Jennie Connor “Alcohol consumption as a cause of cancer”

Quote

Connor discusses whether it is consistent to doubt epidemiological studies that low-dose alcohol is cardioprotective while accepting similar evidence that it also causes cancer. We show that misclassification of former and occasional drinkers as abstainers is widespread in alcohol epidemiology. This practice leads to a systematic underestimation of health risks from alcohol use (e.g. for cancer) and overestimation of health benefits. Correction of this problem in future studies should lead to significantly larger estimates of alcohol’s contribution to chronic disease.”

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